Many employers in Orange County and across California are required by law to offer workers’ compensation for injured workers. While it is possible to go through the claims filing process without the help of an Orange County workers’ comp lawyer, it is often unwise to do so for several reasons.
Here are a few key reasons why you need a lawyer by your side each step of the way toward receiving your benefits.
Workers’ Comp Claims Are Often Met With Resistance
It is important to understand that the insurance company of your employer does not act in your best interests. Simply put, they are not a friend to your claim. Why?
Insurance companies operate with the goal to make a profit, which necessarily means limiting the payouts made to injured victims and workers like yourself if possible. To achieve this goal, an insurance company will try to use California law to justify minimizing your benefits or even denying them altogether.
Given their reliance on the law to limit your compensation or benefits, you need an attorney on your side who will truly represent your legal interest, not the employer’s or the insurance company’s interests.
Workers’ Comp Law Is Complex
Without legal knowledge of workers’ compensation law, it is difficult for an injured worker to avoid making mistakes that can undermine a claim. This would be true even if a worker was not struggling with difficult injuries.
The workers’ comp process is a stressful time for injured workers and loved ones, which is why workers ought to prioritize healing and recovery. Rely on an attorney to make sure your claim is filed in a timely manner that maximizes your chance to receive the compensation you truly deserve for injuries suffered in the workplace.
Common claims errors that can occur without talking to an Orange County workers’ comp lawyer include:
- Waiting too long to notify an employer of the injury, thereby losing the right to benefits
- Completing forms incorrectly
- Making mistakes when met with legal resistance from the insurance company or employer
A Workers’ Comp Lawyer Fights Unfair Claim Denials
If your claim is met with resistance that leads to a claim denial, this decision can be appealed. Injured workers greatly increase their odds of a successful appeal by working with an experienced attorney who advocates aggressively based on evidence and California law. Your legal team ought to present compelling evidence based on witnesses, expert testimony, physician statements and any other evidence that proves your claim was unjustly denied.
These are just a few of the many reasons it is wise to reach out to an Orange County workers’ comp lawyer when you have been injured on the job. At The Ledger Law Firm, we have built a track record for helping injured workers receive the compensation to which they are legally entitled.
For more information about how our team can help your claim and protect your legal rights, contact us online today for a legal consultation.