When people are hurt on the job and have a workers’ compensation claim, their first three questions are usually, “How do I get medical care or compensation,” “Do I need to a lawyer?” and “If so, how much will a lawyer cost me?”
If you are injured in the course and scope of employment, you may file a claim by completing a “C-4″ form. You may represent yourself, however, other than a few initial disclosures, the insurance administrator has no obligation to further advise you on how to get medical care, how that you have a right to choose your doctor, nor how to get wage replacement (called temporary total disability) while off work.
Representing yourself without the benefit of an attorney’s training and experience is not a simple matter. The law requires you to follow certain steps, file certain forms, and present certain evidence to the insurance adjuster to get the benefits you deserve. Nevada’s laws place the burden upon the injured worker to perform those steps and without help, the injured worker is on their own to know this process. If you fail to meet one of these requirements the Judge may dismiss your case or deny you the relief requested. You could lose valuable rights and fail to recover benefits you are entitled to be paid. If you wish to hire an attorney or at least discuss the process and cost of hiring one, you should contact one of the experienced attorneys at Kidwell & Gallagher for more information.
If you hire a lawyer, how much will it cost? Kidwell & Gallagher does not charge any money to hire us for worker’s compensation cases. We work on a contingency fee basis. Simply put, if no recovery is made, no attorney’s fees are owed.
If you have a workers’ compensation claim and want the services of an attorney, contact one of the experienced lawyers at Kidwell & Gallagher for a free initial consultation.