Although there is no Pennsylvania law that requires an injured worker to hire an attorney to represent them in a Pennsylvania workers’ compensation claim, the insurance company will in all likelihood have an attorney representing them. In turn, a worker who does not have legal representation may not receive the total amount of compensation that they are entitled to.
In cases where a claim involves either a denial by an insurer or serious injury, it is highly advised to seek experienced legal representation. Just because an insurer denies a claim doesn’t automatically make it invalid. The insurance company is simply acting in its own best interest, and it is their interest to pay out as little compensation as possible.
The rules of evidence apply for workers’ compensation claim cases, and most require evidence presentation as well as the live deposition testimony of doctors. Although workers are legally entitled to represent themselves, the associated legal proceedings and processes involve intricate complexities that the worker will most likely not understand. In this phase of a case, it is highly advised that a worker seek legal representation from an experienced Pennsylvania workers’ compensation lawyer.
If you are unsure about the rights that you have in regards to your workers’ compensation, or if an insurer has denied your claim, call Calhoon & Associates at 717-695-4722 or 877-291-9675 for a free initial consultation.