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If you've been injured on the job, you may be wondering if you need to call a lawyer. Depending on the severity of the injuries, you may or may not need a lawyer. Regardless of how minor you may feel your injury is, it is always a good idea to document it and let your supervisor know. In addition, waiting too long after an injury to document it, notify your supervisor, or have it taken care of could be damaging to a potential settlement. Represented here are tips to help you decide if you should hire a lawyer or file your worker's compensation claim on your own.
If your personal injuries are minor and you can return to work within a few days, a lawyer may not be needed. However, some injuries may not immediately reveal symptoms that may later prevent you from completing tasks at work. If you are not feeling up to par and aren't comfortable signing a settlement with the insurance company, in this case an experienced workers' compensation attorney may be a good option, even if you do nothing more than a free consultation to discuss your rights.
Naturally, more severe injuries may have you thinking of contacting an attorney--particularly in a case where you can't return to work. If your life is altered permanently due to injuries sustained on the job, a lawyer can work on your behalf to push your claim in the direction that will benefit you most.
Some people are intimidated by the process of filing a workers compensation claim, and may want an expert to explain matters in a way that it is easier to understand. It is your right, regardless of how severe your injuries are, to obtain advice from a personal injury lawyer. Contact an Illinois attorney to discuss your rights. The consultation is free. You have nothing to lose by getting sound advice.
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