Dealing with workers’ compensation should be a fairly straightforward process. However, things don’t always go according to plan. Is it worth trying to sort your case out yourself, or do you need some legal help? How do you know when it’s time to call an attorney?


Our first piece of advice is contact an attorney and see what they think. Having an initial evaluation will help us assess whether or not your case needs legal intervention, or if there are steps you can take by yourself to help your situation. Keep in mind, this isn’t like a sales call. Our attorneys won’t try to sell you on legal counsel you don’t need. Many law firms won’t charge you for a consultation to evaluate your case — and we certainly don’t either!


Here’s a general guideline for when you’re going to need a lawyer:


  1. Your claim is denied.
  2. The adjuster is not paying you the correct amount of weekly benefits on a timely basis.
  3. The adjuster is not authorizing your medical treatment on a timely basis.
  4. You will likely have a surgery or a permanent disability.
  5. You have questions as to whether or not you can return to your old job for the long term.
  6. The adjuster is trying to get you to settle your case but is not offering enough money.


Of course, these aren’t the only reasons you might need an attorney, but they are the most common situations we encounter. We understand that every case is different, so we believe the best course of action is to speak with an attorney regarding your individual situation. It’s the best way to find out if an attorney is necessary for your case.


If you’ve been injured at work, don’t hesitate to contact an experienced attorney at Oxner + Permar. We offer free consultations to discuss exactly how we can help you settle your case.