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When should I hire a Workers Compensation lawyer?

by Steve Fields | October 23rd, 2015

There are many reasons to hire a Workers Compensation Lawyer, however certain events during the claims process are obvious signs that the insurance company is getting ready to deny your claim. Fields Law Firm is here to answer your questions and help you understand whether you are receiving all of the benefits you are entitled to, or if the insurance company is getting ready to deny your claim.

Here are the top ten red flags that should alert you to Get Fields!

    1. Your claim is denied.

If your work comp claim is denied by the insurance company, you should contact us immediately. Our Workers Compensation lawyers can explain the reason for the denial and if it was a good reason or a poor reason. Just because your claim is denied doesn’t mean you cannot still pursue it.

    1. An independent medical examination is scheduled.

If you are scheduled to undergo an independent medical examination, you should also contact us right away. Independent medical examinations are anything but independent. If the insurance company is paying a doctor to examine you, they are most likely looking for a basis to cut off your benefits.

    1. You are asked to give a recorded statement.

Giving a statement without consulting an attorney is a mistake. At Fields Law, our work injury attorneys can consult with you on what questions are acceptable to answer and what questions are not.

    1. You are assigned a nurse case manager.

Nurse case managers neither provide medical services nor do they provide managerial services. They simply report back your actions to the insurance adjuster. If a nurse case manager is assigned to your case, call us for advice on whether your work comp claim is in danger of being denied.

    1. You receive a Notice of Intent to Discontinue Benefits.

If your benefits are cut off, you will receive this form. Your time to challenge the discontinuance of benefits is short, and you should contact our law firm immediately for help. It is important for our Workers Compensation lawyers to have as much time as possible to build a strong case for you.

    1. You get offered a settlement.

Insurance companies often tend to lowball settlement offers in an attempt to close your case early. Consulting with a Workers Compensation lawyer can maximize the compensation you are owed for your workplace injury.

    1. The insurance company assigns an attorney.

If the insurance company has an attorney working for them, it’s important to hire an attorney who will work for you. You don’t have to navigate this process alone.

    1. Your work comp checks seem low.

Insurance companies often make mistakes on how to calculate your wage and what you should be getting in wage loss benefits for your work injuries. Our Workers Compensation lawyers will investigate any potential underpayment, and could save you thousands of dollars.

    1. Your checks are late.

If your work comp checks aren’t arriving in a timely fashion, or the adjuster is not returning your phone calls, hiring an attorney will take the burden off of you. Our Workers Compensation lawyers will contact the insurance company and tackle the issues directly, allowing you to focus on getting better. We are going to protect your rights, both now and in the future.

    1. You have questions.

If you have questions that need answers, having a Fields Law Workers Compensation Lawyer on your side can erase that doubt and give you clarity about your future. Workers Compensation lawyers work a contingency fee basis, so you can always ask your attorney a question or go over any concerns with your attorney without having to worry how about how much it is going to cost.

If you find yourself staying up all night worrying about your work comp case, talk to one of our Workers Compensation lawyers today. At Fields Law Firm, our workers compensation attorneys offer a free consultation to explain your legal rights and help you determine the best way to proceed with your workers comp claim.

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Steve Fields

Founder at Fields Law Firm
As the founder of Fields Law Firm, Steve began his law career with a small personal injury law firm helping people injured throughout Minnesota. Fields Law has grown into one of the largest work injury law firms in Minnesota and handles all types of cases related to work injuries including personal injury, Social Security disability and long term disability.