Were you injured in an accident in Washington? If so, it is crucial that your legal rights and financial interests are fully protected. If you were hurt on the job, you may want to seek guidance from an experienced workers’ compensation attorney in Seattle. If you were hurt in another type of accident, we can help Seattle personal injury attorney.
This is not to say that you always need to hire a lawyer after an accident. There are times when you can move forward without hiring an attorney. At The Walthew Law Firm, our legal team wants to make sure that all injured victims have the information that they need to make the best decisions. Here, we highlight circumstances in which you may not need to hire an attorney to help with your claim.
Three Signs That You May Not Need a Lawyer
- Your Injuries are Minor and Will Not Require Any Long-Term Care or Rehabilitation
If you only suffered minor injuries in the accident and you will not require any type of extended care or rehabilitative treatment, you may not need a lawyer. To be clear, this is not always the case. Medical treatment for a minor injury can be incredibly expensive.
If you have significant medical bills and you are having trouble getting compensation, you should consult with an attorney.
- You Will Not Miss Extended Time At Work
If you sustained an injury that will force you to miss time from work, it is highly recommended that you speak to a qualified attorney. In Washington, injured workers are entitled to time loss compensation for the time missed from work due to an industrial injury. People injured in other types of accidents may be entitled lost income as well.
- You Have Been Offered an Adequate and Fair Settlement
If you have already been offered a fair settlement for your injuries, you may not need to work with a lawyer. It is important that you understand exactly how much your claim is worth. Washington provides no-fault industrial insurance coverage for most workers. If you were injured on the job, you are entitled to all reasonable and necessary medical care as well as compensation for time missed from work due to the accident, and possibly a permanent partial disability award. If the department of labor and industries or your employer already provided compensation for all of your medical costs and your lost wages, your claim may already have been fully resolved.
If you are having any difficulty with medical treatment, time loss benefits or a permanent partial disability award, you should reach out to an experienced attorney immediately. Your lawyer will be able to review your case and answer any questions that you have.
Find Out If You Need a Lawyer: Schedule a Free Consultation Today
If you are not sure whether you need a lawyer, you should call for a free consultation. We offer free, fully confidential initial legal consultations to injured workers and other injury victims in Washington. During your free consultation, our legal team will:
- Listen to your story;
- Explain your legal rights to you;
- Offer you guidance on your options; and
- Help you move forward in the legal process.
We are in the business of helping people. Our workers’ compensation and personal injury lawyers will let you know whether you have a case. We will also let you know if you can benefit from hiring an attorney. However, you may not need a lawyer. Not every injured person does. If you do need a lawyer, we will tell you exactly how you will benefit by hiring us.
Get Help From Our Legal Team Today
At The Walthew Law Firm, we offer proactive, effective legal representation when you need it the most. To schedule a free, no obligation review of your claim, please contact us today. We have offices in Seattle and Everett and serve communities throughout the state of Washington.