One of the questions we see crop up frequently in online forums pertaining to North Carolina workers’ compensation is whether workers absolutely need to a hire an attorney or whether they are better off going it alone.
The answer is that while there is nothing legally preventing you from proceeding with a claim without a lawyer, if you have suffered serious injury, you really should seek legal counsel.
Some examples of situations in which you might not need a lawyer:
- You missed little or no work due to the injury;
- The injury was minor, i.e., requiring a few stitches;
- You don’t have any pre-existing condition;
- Your employer concedes the injury occurred at work.
But if your workers’ compensation claim is any more complicated than that, discussing it with a lawyer at an initial consultation can give you a sense of the sorts of legal challenges you may encounter and how an attorney can help with your case. Continue reading