If you’ve been injured on the job in Kentucky, you may be wondering if you need an attorney to help with your workers’ comp claim. The answer is: It is probably best to hire an attorney. While an injured worker can handle the claim on their own, the law is complicated and there are many pitfalls to recovery, and it makes sense to hire an experienced attorney who focusses on the practice of workers’ comp cases to help you navigate those pitfalls and maximize your recovery.
When would you need an attorney for workers’ comp?
One of the most common times workers’ comp claimants need an attorney is when their employer denies their claim. If your employer denies your workers’ comp claim, you have the right to file a formal claim (Form 101) with the Kentucky Department of Workers’ Claims and have your claim heard and decided by an Administrative Law Judge. Your attorney can file evidence, including expert medical testimony in support of your case and fight to convince the Judge to find in your favor.
Another situation where you might need an attorney is if you’re not receiving all of the workers’ compensation benefits to which you are entitled. If your workers’ comp insurer is underpaying your benefits or completely refusing to pay them, an attorney can help you get the compensation you deserve. Finally, if your workers’ comp claim gets denied with no explanation, or if the adjuster simply refuses to respond to you, an attorney can help you figure out what happened and whether you have any options for pursuing a claim to recover those benefits.
If you have any questions or concerns about your claim, it’s always a good idea to speak with an experienced workers’ comp attorney.
If you’re unsure whether you need an attorney for your workers’ comp claim, our office provides free consultations, so it won’t cost you anything, and we only recover a fee if we are able to recover benefits for you in your claim.