Do I Need A Lawyer
Workplace injuries can have a serious impact on your life. It can be a stressful time because of your injuries, and a confusing time as you try to come to terms with your legal rights. That’s why it can really help to engage a lawyer to provide you with legal advice and to manage the process for you.
Am I required to have a lawyer?
There’s no requirement for you to have a lawyer to represent you in workers compensation claims. But if you choose to represent yourself, bear in mind that it’s a complex area of the law and there’s no “one size fits all” solution. A skilled lawyer can tailor individual advice to best represent a person’s unique circumstances.
Payment of workers compensation can happen in a variety of ways, including lump sum entitlements, medical expenses, redemption payments and weekly payments. Knowing how the law works is key to working out your entitlements. This is just one advantage of engaging a workers compensation lawyer to handle your claim.
In addition, some unexpected expenses may arise, particularly medical expenses. A workers compensation lawyer will know:
- When to seek pre-approval from the compensating authority for surgery; and
- Whether you are entitled to compensation for the cost of therapeutic appliances,
especially if these things are required outside of the usual entitlement period.
Engaging a lawyer right from the start
There are many advantages in engaging a lawyer right from the start of your workers compensation claim. A skilled workers compensation lawyer will ensure that:
- Your claim is efficiently managed.
- You aren’t required to directly deal with the compensating authority.
- They are available to answer your questions and concerns, whenever they may arise.
- Everything is done to secure the appropriate compensation.
Websters Lawyers has an excellent record in providing outstanding workers compensation services. And if your claim is rejected by the compensating authority, we can provide you with advice about seeking a review of the decision in the South Australian Employment Tribunal. We can prepare your case and manage it as it goes through the review and/or appeal process.
Whether you were recently injured and are seeking advice about your options, or have tried to go it alone but are now in need of assistance, we can help. Contact us today for a free initial consultation. Because the sooner you act, often the better off you’ll be.