What you need to know about hiring a workers compensation lawyer in Michigan

How to select the best workers compensation lawyer for your case after an injury at work.

The decision to hire a workers compensation lawyer is a big deal. Most people have never even thought about what will happen if they are hurt at work. The idea of having to file a workers compensation claim against their employer is overwhelming.

It is important to realize that the first few weeks after an injury can be critical to the success or failure of a workers compensation case. A person must give proper notice to their employer and make a claim for benefits. They must also seek appropriate medical care and document their injury.

A good workers compensation lawyer can help a person at this stage of the case. All advice is confidential and the employer does not even need to know that a lawyer has been hired.

What is the risk doing it yourself?

Many people put their workers compensation benefits at risk by doing the wrong things. We see individuals who are shocked to learn that their co-workers will lie to protect their own interests. We also see people who tell their doctor to remove restrictions and then get fired a few days later.

The work comp law is stacked against the employee. You have the burden to show that you cannot find any work within your qualifications and training. You need to present deposition testimony from your doctor and from a vocational expert. You cannot simply tell the magistrate about your injury and expect to win your workers compensation case.

How to select a great workers compensation lawyer

It is critical that you select a lawyer who specializes in workers compensation.  This area of law is complicated and mistakes are easily made.

A good workers compensation lawyer will be happy to discuss his or her qualifications with you. Find out how many workers compensation cases are handled per year and if the lawyer will actually take your case to trial.

Find out how the lawyer wants to proceed with your individual workers compensation case.  An experienced workers compensation lawyer will be happy to answer all of your questions.

Call (855) 221-2667 for a free consultation with one of our Michigan workers compensation lawyers. We will make sure that your legal rights are protected and that you receive maximum benefits under the law.

Alex Berman is the founder of Michigan Workers Comp Lawyers. He’s been representing injured and disabled workers exclusively for more than 35 years.  Alex has helped countless people obtain workers comp benefits and never charges a fee to evaluate a case.

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