Have you been injured in a workplace accident and are considering hiring a lawyer? Do you feel that legal action could be necessary as a result of the injury but are concerned of the potential repercussions? Do you feel that filing a workers’ compensation claim could end up costing you your job? Or that your employer could take other more subtle retributive actions?
Regardless of these concerns, there are clear times when it is absolutely necessary to take legal action in the event of a workplace injury. In fact, there are a number of laws in place that have been set up specifically to protect workers in such scenarios.
Two important things to remember when injured on the job:
- You Always Have the Right to Counsel
Your opportunity to consult with an attorney is a matter of right, based on our constitution. Under no circumstances, should you ever feel intimidated or threatened for merely practicing your constitutional rights. Seeking legal action to learn more about your situation should never feel like you are doing something wrong.
- The workers compensation insurance carrier does not need to know that you are seeking legal advice
If you’re worried about your employer’s reaction to you taking legal action, always remember, you don’t have to tell them. You can make that decision after speaking with your lawyer. If it is concluded that you should proceed with legal representation then rest assured that you will be absolutely legally protected in doing so. In the event that legal representation doesn’t seem necessary, then your employer doesn’t ever have to know that you talked to anyone. So, you really have nothing to lose from seeking legal counsel, so long as it stays between you and the attorney you’re speaking with.
Typically, most of our clients understand that if the injury has been significant enough to threaten their livelihood, it is important enough for them to retain counsel. If an accident has happened and you may be necessary, then secure some advice. Many lawyers who practice in this area will provide a free consultation. Ultimately, under no circumstances should you ever feel bullied or afraid of exercising your basic legal rights. If you’ve been injured on the job and are considering hiring a lawyer, reach out for more information. The insurance carrier has lawyers to represent them in your claim…..should you ?