Getting hurt on the job can have several different consequences. If you are unable to work, you may be unable to pay your bills. If you do not get the medical treatment you need, you could suffer from chronic pain or a lifelong disability that impacts all aspects of your daily life. Getting back to normal means recovering both physically and financially; and, unfortunately, neither of these are as easy as they should be.
If you have been injured at work and are wondering whether you should hire an attorney to help you, know this: If you choose an experienced law firm, your initial consultation will be completely free and confidential, and you will not be required to pay any fees or costs unless you receive financial compensation. The firm’s attorneys and staff will also be able to help you with things like scheduling medical appointments, dealing with your employer, and delaying payment on your medical bills until your case settles (or you win a verdict at trial). By speaking with an attorney, you will also be able to get clear answers to questions such as:
1. Are You Entitled to Workers’ Compensation?
In Colorado, most employers are required to have workers’ compensation insurance, and nearly all work-related injuries are eligible for benefits. Is your employer (or its insurance company) telling you otherwise? If so, this is the first sign that it may be difficult to collect the benefits you deserve.
2. Are You Entitled to Additional Compensation?
Workers’ compensation covers injured workers’ medical bills and a portion of their lost wages. But, through a personal injury or premises liability claim, you can recover full compensation for your loss of income, pain and suffering, and other losses. Do you have a claim for additional compensation? To find out, you will need to speak with an attorney.
3. How Much are You Entitled to Recover?
Are you entitled to full workers’ compensation benefits? If so, what does this mean? If you have a personal injury claim, how do you calculate your pain and suffering (and other losses)? An experienced attorney will be able to make sure you do not settle for less than you deserve.
4. Are You Entitled to See Your Own Doctor?
In Colorado, injured workers must see their employer’s approved medical providers for treatment under most circumstances. Does this apply to you? What if you are not satisfied with the treatment you receive? You are entitled to quality medical treatment throughout your recovery, and you need to make sure the insurance companies do not cut off your medical benefits too soon.
5. Should You Take Your Case to Court?
What is your next step if your workers’ compensation claim is denied? What if your benefits are less than you deserve? If you have a personal injury claim, should you accept a settlement or go to trial? These are important – and difficult – questions, and to make informed decisions you need an experienced attorney on your side.
Free Consultations and Contingency-Fee Representation
If you were injured at work in the Denver area and would like to speak with an attorney, you can contact Levine Law for a free, no-obligation consultation. To schedule an appointment, call (303) 333-8000 or submit your case online. We are available 24/7.