Do I Need An Attorney To File A Workers' Compensation Claim?

While you can file a workers' compensation claim without an attorney, there are reasons why you may want to consider getting a lawyer to help you through the process.

At Gesmer & Reynolds, P.C., we advise clients in all stages of the workers' compensation process. With more than 40 years of combined experience between our two lawyers, we have seen the many ways claims can go wrong, preventing injured workers from getting the compensation they need to heal.

Here are the main reasons we believe you should consider working with a workers' compensation attorney:

1. We can help level the playing field. You probably haven't been through this system before, which puts you at a disadvantage compared with the people who are evaluating your claim. Our attorneys know the ins and outs of the system, and we can help make sure you take the right steps to ensure that you receive the full compensation you deserve.

2. We can evaluate what your claim is actually worth. It can be hard to know whether the settlement you are offered is reasonable. A lawyer can review the benefits you are offered and evaluate whether the offer is fair before you accept it. If you are not being offered enough, we can help you maximize the settlement.

3. We can prevent problems that could jeopardize your claim. Unfortunately, some people come to us too late. Your first steps after an injury or onset of an illness matter — including what you say to your employer and to your doctor. By contacting us early in the process, we can help you avoid common mistakes that can lead to the denial of an otherwise valid claim.

4. Your case may go beyond the workers' compensation system. Some cases involve additional legal matters before workers' compensation. If you think you may also be eligible for Social Security Disability benefits, we can help you navigate the intersections of the two systems. If you are discriminated against at work for seeking workers' compensation or if you have experienced medical malpractice, we can draw on our network of trusted attorneys to make sure you receive the legal support you need.

Set Your Claim Up For Success: Get A Free Consultation Today

Navigating the workers' compensation claims process complicates an already stressful time. We are here to help relieve some of that stress. Get started with a free, confidential consultation. Call us in Rockford, Illinois, at 815-968-1000 or send us a message through our online form.