Most people don’t plan for a workplace accident and, as such, when a workplace accident occurs, they are caught totally unprepared and are unsure of how to proceed. At the law offices of Henness & Haight, our workers’ compensation lawyers know that being involved in a workplace accident can be upsetting and unsettling. If you have been harmed at work, our team is available to help you recover the compensation that you deserve and ensure that you get the financial award you need.

If you’re wondering when to hire a workers’ comp lawyer, our team can answer questions about when you need a lawyer and when’s the right time to reach out to a lawyer. For a free consultation, please get in touch with us today.

Should I Represent Myself After Being Injured at Work?

After you are injured on a job, there are a few steps that you should take immediately, even before deciding whether or not you’re going to represent yourself in your workers’ compensation claim. Most importantly, you need to provide your employer with notice of the accident and should do so in writing as soon as possible. You also should seek medical care, and be sure that the provider from whom you seek care is an approved provider. If you don’t seek medical care from an approved provider, you’ll likely have to pay for this care out of pocket.

After you have done both of these things, it’s time to think about whether or not you should represent yourself. Legally, there is no requirement or obligation to hire a workers’ compensation lawyer; however, doing so could prove to be very valuable. This is because there are many steps in the workers’ compensation claims process, and a small error made along the way could put your claim in jeopardy. Unless you feel absolutely confident in navigating the process on your own, working with an experienced lawyer is probably a better idea.

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