If you get injured at work and need to file a workers’ compensation claim, you should consider hiring an attorney to help you with your injury claim. While it is possible to report your accident and submit your workers’ compensation claim on your own, an attorney can help you avoid common mistakes that can hurt your case. Plus, an attorney gives you the legal leverage you need to pursue compensation if your employer or the insurance company denies your claim.
Thomas J. Ueberschaer, P.A. in Pensacola, Florida, can investigate the accident, help you submit your paperwork, and ensure that your rights are protected under Florida employment law.
How Can an Attorney Help Me With My Workers’ Compensation Case?
Since workers’ compensation cases often involve multiple parties—employees, supervisors, business owners, insurance companies, etc.—even the simplest, clear-cut cases can quickly become complicated. All it takes is a single party to distort facts or deny your claim.
Getting the legal support you need from an experienced workers’ compensation attorney can protect your employee rights and ensure you get the compensation you deserve for your injuries and other losses. Your attorney can help you with your injury claim in the following ways:
Investigate the Accident
Tom Ueberschaer has the team and resources necessary to launch a full investigation into your workplace accident. They can gather evidence such as:
- Video footage of the accident
- Medical records
- Eyewitness accounts
- Employer documents or accident history
- Expert testimony
- Copy of the insurance company’s workers’ compensation file
He can look into the case to uncover the facts of the accident, establish who is at fault, and determine why you are eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. He will also obtain all the evidence and submit it to the insurance company to solidify your case.
Manage Your Accident Case
If you are recovering from your injuries, you may not have the ability to give your accident claim the attention it deserves. A legal team can manage your case and make sure your claim is processed correctly.
Tom Ueberschaer will handle all the paperwork, engage with all relevant parties, and work directly with your employer or the insurance company on your behalf. If the insurer denies your claim, he can act as your advocate to get you compensation for your personal and professional losses.
Our team can take the stress out of your workers’ compensation claim by handling your case from start to finish.
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Explore Your Legal Options
When you are injured at work, you owe it to yourself to explore your legal options to determine the best route to take. Unfortunately, many employees never explore their options because they are convinced that submitting a workers’ injury claim is the only option.
However, depending on the circumstances of the accident, you may have other legal options in addition to or instead of pursuing workers’ compensation claims. So, don’t rule any other options out. Instead, consult a workers’ compensation attorney in Florida to find out what legal options are available to you.
What Happens If My Workers’ Compensation Claim Is Denied?
If the insurance company denies your claim and your employer is unwilling to work with you, your attorney can take the following steps to help you win your case.
- File a petition for workers’ compensation benefits with the Office of the Judges of Compensation Claims (OJCC).
- Attempt to resolve your claim through a non-binding mediation process designed to help all parties reach an agreement about the benefits to be paid.
- If mediation doesn’t resolve the issues, your attorney can represent you before a Judge of Compensation Claims in a pre-trial hearing. Your attorney will work closely with you to prepare your case and act on your behalf.
- If the OJCC process does not result in a favorable outcome, your attorney may be able to file a lawsuit against your employer and take your case to court outside of workers’ compensation.
As you can see, receiving workers’ compensation can be a long and complex process. For this reason, getting full legal support from an experienced attorney can be crucial to winning your case. Don’t assume that you will receive compensation just because you were injured. Protect your rights and get a fair settlement with the help of a workers’ compensation attorney.
Let Tom Ueberschaer Help You Win Your Workers’ Compensation Case Today
If you were injured at work and need legal representation for your case, contact Tom Ueberschaer today. We offer complete legal services in workers’ compensation cases in Florida. We fight for your benefits. The insurance pays us if you win through litigation—if you lose, you don’t pay anything.
To get started with your case, call 850-434-8778 and get a free case review from a workers’ compensation lawyer in Pensacola, Florida.