Most of our clients are hesitant to hire an attorney. We’ll tell you right from the start if we think we can help you or not. However, there are some commons signs which we feel warrant having an attorney or at least consulting with one.
- The insurance company tells you your claim is denied. This isn’t always clear, but if your medical bills aren’t being paid or you’re off work and not receiving temporary disability checks these are indications the claim may be denied.
- The company is trying to pick your doctors for you. In Nebraska, you have the right to elect to have your family doctor treat you for your work injury. If the employer denies you this right it’s time to contact an attorney. Also, if the employer selects a non-treating doctor for an “Independent Medical Evaluation” this likely means they are trying to fight some aspect of your workers’ compensation benefits.
- If a medical case manager or vocational specialist contacts you. Each of these individuals is employed by the company and so doesn’t have your best interests at heart. These are experts trained to minimize the money your company has to pay for your claim.
- If you are being forced to return to work or your employer is not honoring your work restrictions. This may signal the employer or insurance company is pressuring your doctors or misrepresenting your work duties. It’s important for you to educate the doctors about what exactly your job requires physically so they can make informed decisions about returning you to work. Continue to do this even when you return to work.
- If your injury is to your neck or back and is permanent you should contact an attorney. In Nebraska these injuries entitle you to compensation based upon your loss of earning capacity. This requires an affirmative act on your part to get the Court to appoint a vocational expert to analyze this loss. Evaluating this analysis and getting this appointment are not things you should handle on your own.
- If the insurance company tells you your claim is closed, refuses to pay for ongoing medical care (including prescriptions) or offers a settlement. Only an attorney can tell you if a settlement is appropriate. Only the Court or you can close your case. Calling us for a consultation won’t cost you anything, but settling your case without a consultation can cost you thousands of dollars.