While you do not have to hire a lawyer for a workers’ compensation claim, you may choose to do so. Having a lawyer on your side can give you peace of mind that the process is being handled correctly while you focus your attention on your injuries and your family.
The South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Commission details the process of filing a benefits claim in South Carolina. It may seem complicated if you have never filed a claim before, or if you are dealing with an injury that occupies your time and thoughts. A lawyer can take on this potentially arduous task for you, however.
What a Workers Compensation Lawyer May Do for You
A lawyer may be able to accomplish the following for you:
- Negotiating with insurance companies, if your claim is denied
- Making sure all forms and paperwork are filed correctly
- Protecting your rights
- Answering your questions
- Making sure you understand your options
- Collecting and analyzing evidence that supports your claim
A lawyer can also make sure that you have a grasp on what benefits will cover. Typically, two-thirds of your average wage from the last four quarters before your injury and medical expenses to treat all injuries and disabilities related to your accident are covered under workers’ compensation benefits.
How to Choose the Right Lawyer for You
You have to make sure the lawyer you are interested in represents clients in the area of workers’ compensation. If the law firm does not do this, they likely cannot help you. You may be able tofind a lawyer who can help you by asking your friends and family for recommendations and searching for past client testimonials online.
A law firm’s website will have a lot of information for you to browse, potentially including:
- Information about past settlements
- The geographic area they service and what state or counties they are licensed to practice in
- What kind of law they practice (in your case, you will likely look for a workers’ compensation lawyer or a broad-sense personal injury lawyer)
- Summaries of managing partners’ employment histories and personal information to give you an idea of who they are and what they stand for
If You Think That You Cannot Afford to Work With a Lawyer
If you are under a significant financial strain, suffering an injury can only make your stress worse. Facing the idea of figuring out how to pay a lawyer may seem impossible. You may not need to worry about this, though.
Many law firms offer free initial consultations—and will not charge you until they secure you benefits or a settlement. During these consultations, you can ask the team any questions you may have about your working relationship and how your case may unfold. You can also get a read on how the team will treat you throughout your legal battle.
The way to determine whether the law firm you are researching offers free consultations is to look at their website. You can also call their office.
George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers Has Your Back
In the past 40 years, our firm has helped over 40,000 clients. We want to help you too. If you are a South Carolinian who was injured while working, we can help you pursue benefits. Call us to learn more about what your case will look like when you hire a lawyer for a workers’ compensation claim.
Regardless of the type or amount of benefits you think you may be eligible to receive, we want to hear from you. We have helped people with the four types of benefits claims, as listed by the Social Security Administration (SSA):
- Permanent Total (PT)
- Temporary Total (TT)
- Permanent Partial (PP)
- Temporary Partial (TP)
If you have questions about the type of injury claim you may have, we can explore your options. If you or a loved one suffered a different kind of accident, we can aid you in this instance as well. These cases may have to do with:
- Car, truck, or motorcycle accidents
- Slip and fall accidents
- Dog bites
- Pedestrian accidents
- SSD Benefits
- Veterans’ Benefits
You may have a limited time to file your claim and report your accident. You generally have 90 days to report your injuries and two years to claim benefits for yourself or a deceased loved one. Do not delay. Call George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers today.