If you’ve been injured at work, you are concerned about the related medical and rehabilitation expenses, as well as the time you may be off work and without an income. To maximize your workers’ compensation settlement, it is just about always a smart move to hire a workers’ compensation attorney. This attorney will have a better idea than you do of the kinds of costs you will face given your injury and can help you obtain a settlement that truly meets your needs.
Don’t Accept the Insurance Company’s First Offer
It is unlikely that your employer’s insurance company will initially offer you a fair settlement. Instead, they will probably offer less than what you really need. For this reason, there’s no need to accept the first offer, and you should wait and have a workers’ compensation attorney negotiate a better offer. This is especially true if your injury is severe and will involve much time off work, as you will face the cost of lost wages, continued treatment and rehabilitation, and may even need to be retrained in another area of employment if you cannot return to your original job.
Be Sure to Get a Thorough Medical Examination
If you are hurt at work, you should always go to a doctor immediately and to the emergency room if necessary. You need to get a thorough and detailed medical examination and make the doctor aware that your injury occurred while you were at work. You must keep records of all your treatment, and related documentation detailing all the expenses. It’s also necessary to follow the prescribed treatment to the letter, so that you cannot be accused of non-compliance. Being non-compliant with treatment can jeopardize your workers’ compensation settlement.
Contact a Workers’ Compensation Attorney Today
If you have been injured at work or have been denied workers’ compensation benefits, do not take chances. Take the first step towards recovering the benefits you deserve. Schedule an appointment with a work injury attorney in Saint Louis Park or Hennepin County, Minnesota today by calling Thill and Freeman at (952) 512-7512.