Workers’ Compensation Lawyers
If you are injured on the job, you may choose to hire a lawyer to help you with your case and to make sure you are awarded proper benefits. A workers’ compensation lawyer can help you file a claim, answer your questions, and represent you at the Workers’ Compensation Board. There are often disputes in workers’ compensation cases about what injuries were work-related, the level of disability, the amount of benefits, and whether medical treatment is needed. If the Workers’ Compensation Board schedules a hearing, the insurance company will be represented by a lawyer and the Board will assign a judge to hold the hearing and decide the case.
A workers’ compensation lawyer is not permitted to charge a fee or to accept money from you. If the Workers’ Compensation Board finds that you are entitled to more money than the insurance company paid voluntarily, then it may award a fee to your lawyer. The amount of the fee will be set by the judge (although the lawyer may make a request), and it will be deducted from your compensation checks by the insurance company. The insurance company will then send payment to the lawyer.
Legal Editor: Robert Grey, March 2016 (updated June 2019)
Changes may occur in this area of law. The information provided is brought to you as a public service with the help and assistance of volunteer legal editors, and is intended to help you better understand the law in general. It is not intended to be legal advice regarding your particular problem or to substitute for the advice of a lawyer.