If you are hurt while performing services for your Minnesota employer, it may be possible to collect workers’ compensation benefits. Ideally, you will report the injury to your employer and seek treatment as quickly as possible. It is also important to file your claim as soon as possible to maximize your chances of obtaining benefits in a timely manner. An attorney may be able to help you navigate the claims process.
Who pays for your attorney?
The cost will likely be a key concern as it relates to hiring counsel to help with your case. In most cases, those who are seeking workers’ compensation benefits don’t need to pay legal fees out of their own pockets. Instead, your attorney will take a percentage of your final award to cover his or her service charges. It’s worth noting that a judge will likely review the final settlement to ensure that your attorney isn’t taking more than what is fair in your case.
When should you hire legal counsel?
As a general rule, the number of hours that an attorney puts into your case won’t have an impact as to how much he or she is paid. Therefore, it may be in your best interest to hire an attorney as soon as you file for benefits. Taking such a step may make it easier to submit documents on time or otherwise ensure that your case proceeds as quickly as possible.
If you are hurt while on the job, you may be entitled to have medical bills related to your workplace injury paid on your behalf. You may also be able to recover a significant portion of any wages that were lost while recovering from a broken bone, concussion or torn muscle.