Pothitakis Law Firm provides thorough, aggressive, and experienced representation for injured individuals who are seeking workers’ compensation benefits. Here are five reasons to hire an attorney to represent you in your benefits claim.
1. You suffered a serious workplace or job-related illness or injury.
Sometimes, you don’t need a lawyer. If your injuries are relatively minor, your employer cooperates with your benefits claim, and you do not have any pre-existing conditions that will cause insurance complications, obtaining adequate compensation can be fairly straightforward. But, if your injuries are serious, or if you’ve contracted a serious illness at work, you will likely want an experienced workers’ compensation attorney on your side. The more money you are owed, the less likely you are going to get it without a fight. A lawyer can help level the playing field.
2. You are worried about getting fired if you apply for workers’ compensation benefits.
Employers are prohibited from retaliating against employees who file claims for workers’ compensation benefits. This is true even if you are an “at will” employee. Terminations, demotions, pay decreases, and all forms of discrimination arising out of workers’ compensation claims may entitle employees to additional compensation. If you are worried about your employer taking adverse action against you, an attorney can help protect your job and enforce your legal rights.
3. Your employer has denied your claim for benefits, or the benefits you’ve been offered don’t cover your medical expenses and lost wages.
Under Iowa’s workers’ compensation benefits statute, employees who suffer workplace and job-related injuries are entitled to compensation for their medical bills and a pre-determined portion of their lost wages. If you suffered an injury at work and your employer or their insurance company is refusing to pay adequate benefits – or if they are refusing to pay any benefits at all – you should hire an attorney right away. At Pothitakis Law Firm, we regularly represent individuals who have had their workers’ compensation claims denied.
4. You are unable to return to work as a result of your injury.
If you are unable to return to your old job – or if your injuries prevent you from working at all – you may be entitled to temporary or permanent disability benefits. Disability benefits claims can be time-intensive and complicated. Pothitakis Law Firm can help you fight through the red tape to obtain the benefits you deserve.
5. Someone other than your employer was at fault in causing your injuries.
While workers’ compensation is a no-fault system that provides for specific benefits from your employer, if a third-party was at fault in causing your injuries, you may be entitled to additional compensation as well. We can help you understand your situation and pursue maximum compensation from all parties that are responsible for your losses.
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