Here’s when you should contact a workers’ comp lawyer
When it comes to work injuries, it can be difficult to know how to proceed. Unfortunately, this complicated part of the law requires special expertise from a workers’ comp lawyer that understands how to navigate these tricky legal waters. Many people who wait to contact lawyers end up missing out on benefits due to a variety of issues. Read below for more about when it’s appropriate to contact a workers’ comp lawyer and be sure to retain help from Brunton Law Office if you’ve been injured at work in the St. Louis, MO area!
When the injury happens
While some may think this is premature, it doesn’t hurt to consult a trusted legal professional about the workers’ compensation process. You’ll gain great insight as to how the workers’ comp process works, what steps you need to complete to receive compensation, any important time limitations, and other information that will prove useful to your claim. Hopefully, your claim is accepted, and there’s no need to involve a lawyer further.
After you’ve notified the employer
The first step of the workers’ comp process is to notify your employer of the injury. In the State of Illinois, you have 45 days from the time of your injury to notify your employer about the injury. In Missouri, you have 30 days from the date you notice the injury or illness. From there, you have 3 years to file a claim from the date of the accident or 2 years from the last payment received. If you’ve notified your employer and haven’t talked to a lawyer, you might want to do that before proceeding.
Before you file a claim
If you’ve gotten to this point and not spoken with a lawyer, you need to talk to somebody to ensure your claim has the best chance of being successful. While a lawyer isn’t technically required for this part of the process, they’ll know what to say, what not to say, and how to proceed with the rest of the workers’ comp process.
Before you visit a doctor
Consult a legal professional before you see any doctor or receive medical treatments. Different states have different rules about which doctors you can see, how many you can see, and how many doctors you can be referred to. Additionally, many employers want you to see one of their doctors to ensure a favorable outcome for the company. Call a lawyer to find out more about medical care rules when it comes to workers’ comp.
When your claim is denied
If you’ve gone through the entire process and your claim has been denied, you need to speak with a lawyer. We’ll be able to figure out why your claim was denied, what can be done to rectify this problem and get you the compensation you’re entitled to under the law.