When To Lawyer Up

Most workers spend a lot of time thinking about work. They have thoughts ranging from how to make the most of their lunch break to how they can best develop the skills necessary to get a promotion. Sound familiar? One thing you probably haven't spent much time thinking about is what you would do if you were injured at work. After all, thinking about life-changing injuries isn't very pleasant. Unfortunately, such unpleasant workplace injuries tend to happen when we least expect them and turn our lives upside down.

The good news is that being injured at work doesn't have to result in a catastrophe for you and your loved ones. Your employer carries workers' compensation coverage for employee injuries like yours. There is a way to make sure you have the resources you need to make a full recovery and get back to work.

The best way to make get up to speed about your rights and make sure you get the help you deserve is to hire an experienced workers' compensation lawyer to handle your claim. The right lawyer can navigate the workers' compensation process so you can focus on doing what you need to do for yourself and your family.

When To Get A Workers' Comp Lawyer

The short answer: when you're injured at work or doing something related to your job. It never hurts to seek the advice of a workers' compensation lawyer and it will cost you nothing (see "What Fees Will Come With Hiring A Workers' Compensation Lawyer?" below).

The long answer: the first thing you should do after a work injury is report your injury to your employer. The next step is to go see a doctor about your injury. These initial steps create a record of your workplace accident and create a medical record that can be used as part of a potential workers' compensation claim and/or third-party personal injury claim.

Once you've created a record of your injury and sought treatment, the next step is to seek the advice of a knowledgeable workers' compensation attorney who can answer your questions and explain your legal options. It may be in your interest to pursue a workers' comp claim to obtain benefits for your medical expenses and lost earnings. If your injury was caused by a third party such as a negligent driver or the manufacturer of a defective machine, you may be able to pursue additional compensation for your pain and suffering in a third party injury claim.

Workers' compensation laws are complicated and having a workers' compensation attorney can take the guesswork out of your compensation claim. The best part is that no matter the outcome of your claim, you'll know you gave yourself every opportunity to maximize your benefits and get the help you need to recover from your injury. That peace of mind can make all the difference as you put the pieces back together after a workplace injury.

Why Is Having A Workers' Compensation Attorney Important?

You don't know what you don't know. Even some experienced lawyers struggle with the complexities of Wisconsin's workers' compensation laws and the frustrating experience of engaging with the insurance companies. Having a lawyer makes sure you are putting your best foot forward and giving yourself ever chance at getting the full workers' comp benefits that are available to you for your lost wages and medical bills.

Are you required to have a workers' compensation attorney for your workers' compensation case? No, but it's a good idea. Just like some home projects are not DIY-friendly, pursuing a workers' comp claim on your own is likely to lead to frustration that you simply don't need in your life right now.

Speaking of frustration, having a workers' comp attorney means you can use the phrase, "please speak to my attorney about this" instead of dealing with the insurance companies on your own after a work-related accident. Your attorney will look out for your best interest and make sure the insurance company doesn't injure you a second time as they seek to get off the hook for your recovery.

What Fees Will Come With Hiring A Workers' Compensation Lawyer?

You have everything to gain and nothing to lose by hiring a workers' comp attorney. Workers' comp lawyers don't collect a fee until you collect workers' compensation benefits. Their only interest is in making sure you the benefits you deserve, otherwise they don't get paid for their hours of work on your behalf.

That's why we only take on cases we are confident in at Nicolet Law Office, S.C. We work hand-in-hand with our clients and are there for them at every stage of their case to answer questions, comfort them, and make sure they have the information they need to be confident in the choices they make. That attorney-client relationship is important to us and we want every client to receive the attentive service they deserve as their claim makes its way through the workers' compensation system.

What Qualities Should A Workers' Compensation Lawyer Have?

People are scared after suffering an injury at work – and for good reason. They are faced with the loss of their livelihood and an uncertain future. That's why compassion and confidence are two of the most important qualities that are necessary in a workers' compensation lawyer. Yes, it's extremely important that an attorney have the knowledge, skill, and experience to successfully resolve a claim; but being there for a client and providing them with peace of mind is equally important. At Nicolet Law Office, S.C. our clients are people, not case numbers.

Speaking of knowledge, skills, and experience, online sources such as attorney websites and review platforms are a great place to start your search for a worker's comp lawyer. Do they list examples of their past results? Do past clients speak highly of them and speak to factors that are important to you?

Once you've narrowed down your choices, it's important to meet the attorney in person at a free consultation. If an attorney won't take the time to meet you up front now, chances are they aren't going to have much time for you later either. Much of your choice will come down to how you feel about an attorney. The right attorney for you may not be the right attorney for everyone and that's okay.

Where Can You Find A Workers' Compensation Lawyer In Wisconsin?

Wisconsin is the key word here.

There are many lawyers who advertise on Wisconsin television stations and show up in web searches for Wisconsin workers' compensation lawyers who don't actually practice in Wisconsin, never mind live here. Local knowledge is crucial and you deserve to have someone on your side who will be there – in the flesh – when you need answers.

At Nicolet Law Office, S.C., we have offices throughout Wisconsin including Hudson, Rice Lake, Eau Claire, Superior, New Richmond and Wausau. We have extensive experience with Wisconsin's workers' compensation system and are prepared to resolve your claim efficiently in your favor.

Ready To Lawyer Up?

It's time to make sure you have the representation you need for a successful workers' compensation claim. The proven workers' comp lawyers at Nicolet Law Office, S.C. are here to help you get the medical and wage loss benefits you deserve and make things right for your family. Call us anytime toll free at 800-456-6956 or, if you prefer, send us an email to arrange a consultation.