When should I get an attorney?
In an ideal world, insurance and safety net programs work as they are intended to. After you have been injured on the job in Tennessee or Georgia, you may expect that you should be able to report it to your employer and get your medical bills paid. This is in fact what is supposed to happen.
In fact, however, it is all too common for workers to encounter hurdles along the way. Sometimes these obstacles make an injured employee realize that it is time to call an attorney. Examples of complicating factors that often arise in the course of a compensation claim are the following:
- Your employer may downplay the seriousness of the injury.
- The workers' compensation insurance company may play denial and delay games for awhile, coming up with repeated hoops for you to jump through before paying what you are entitled to.
- You may be required to go to doctors specified by your employer or the workers' compensation insurance company, and you may question whether there is a conflict of interest involved.
- Your workers' comp insurance company-appointed doctor(s) may say that you are ready to return to work before you feel ready to.
- You may be punished by your employer for reporting the injury, by being fired, demoted or passed over for promotion.
- Your injury involved a third party such as a subcontractor, a manufacturer or a property owner. You may have a personal injury claim against this third party, over and above your workers' compensation claim.
If you are having difficulty getting the medical care you need after a workplace injury, talk to an attorney. Wagner & Wagner offers free initial consultations to injured employees.
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"When should I get an attorney after a workplace injury?" is a very important question. The fact that you are asking yourself this question is a good indication that it is time to schedule a consultation. Do not delay if you encounter obstacles getting a workers' compensation case in motion. Call or email Wagner & Wagner Attorneys at Law.