Can You Handle a Workers Comp Claim by Yourself?

Is it a good idea to handle a workers comp claim by yourself? While it is possible, it is not advisable. In this video, attorney Robert Martina explains the reasons why an injured person should, at the very least, consult with a lawyer before attempting to move forward with a workers comp claim.

Video Transcription:

There’s several reasons to hire an attorney rather than do it yourself when it comes to workers compensation claims. Primarily you want your claim to run smoothly and make sure you’re getting everything you’re entitled to. It’s tricky, workers compensation is a special section in the law in Louisiana, in most states. Where most people don’t know what they’re entitled to or what their future benefits may be. So, you need help with an attorney to get your claim running smoothly. But for peace of mind knowing that your claim is running smoothly. But also, to make sure that you get everything you’re entitled to.

The main thing, another reason why you should have an attorney if you have a workers compensation claim is when the time comes to possibly look into claims settlement, that’s something that you really can’t do on your own. An attorney needs to be there with you to negotiate with the insurance carrier. And the attorney can estimate and evaluate the claim. And negotiate with the insurance carrier to get a fair settlement. Otherwise, settlements might not even be offered to you, number one. But number two even if a settlement was offered to you, it’s probably not going to be a reasonable and fair settlement. So, you need an attorney to make sure you’re getting everything you’re entitled to. And negotiate a bottom line number from the insurance carrier. For more information on workers’ compensation claims, go to


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