Whether your employer is disorganized and missing deadlines – or deliberately sabotaging your claim – you may need to hire a lawyer to receive full benefits for your workplace injury. In all Las Vegas districts (Henderson, Summerlin, North Las Vegas, etc.), workers must report a workplace injury within 7 days of the initial incident. If your employer postpones filling out these forms, you may need to hire a lawyer to press your case.
If your employer denies that your injury happened at work, you will need a workers’ compensation lawyer to move your case forward. Some employers hesitate to sign-off on claims involving injuries or diseases that may have been caused by conditions outside of work. If your claim is denied (or never filed by your employer) because of a false assumption that your injury did not occur at work, then consult with a lawyer to get your claim back on track.
If you are offered workers’ comp benefits, but the benefits do not cover your injury-related costs, you may need to involve a lawyer to receive full compensation for your losses. The algorithms and protocols of workers’ comp will always pressure the system to give you a minimum payment for your type of injuries. If your settlement doesn’t cover your medical bills, lost wages, and all associated costs of a full recovery, then call a lawyer.
If your claim involves permanent disability that will prevent you from ever returning to full employment, there is a high chance that your claim will be contested. Disability claims are the most expensive for the insurer and have the most long-lasting consequences for the injured worker. If you plan to file for Social Security disability benefits in addition to your workers’ comp benefits, a lawyer can help you structure your settlement for your maximum benefit.