Do You Need a Lawyer for a Workers’ Compensation Claim in New Mexico?
Most employers in New Mexico with three or more employees must provide workers’ compensation benefits in the event of a workplace accident. This includes benefits for both short-term and long-term needs depending on the nature of your injury.
You have the right to appeal if your initial claim is denied. Doing so can be complex, which is why many people choose to have an attorney represent them.
What Can an Attorney Do During a Workers’ Comp Case?
The last thing you want to deal with when recovering from a major injury are legal issues. Fortunately, a workers’ comp attorney can step in to provide the following:
- An extensive understanding of your claim. The right attorney will have the necessary experience to fully understand the details of your claim. This includes the nature of the work accident you were involved in, as well as the extent of your medical needs going forward. With greater insight, your legal team will be in a better position to advocate on your behalf.
- Help determining costs for long-term disability. In case your injuries are disabling, the compensation you receive must cover you for the rest of your life. Determining the proper sum can be extremely difficult on your own, and it’s likely the insurance company will attempt to offer an inadequate sum in the hopes you accept it. Conversely, an attorney will be able to use their prior experience to determine the appropriate amount of money.
- Access to expert witness testimony. Medical expert witnesses can shed light on your condition and how it affects your abilities. They can also dispute claims from insurance company doctors, who may have a vested interest in denying your injuries. Expert witnesses are often considered highly credible, which means they can have a big influence on the court’s opinion.
When the stakes are high, having an experienced workers’ compensation attorney in your corner greatly improves the chance of a positive outcome. Here at Martinez, Hart, Thompson & Sanchez, P.C., we proudly support clients throughout Albuquerque who’ve been injured during the course of work. If your initial claim is denied, we’ll help you take the proper steps to appeal it.
Please call 505-343-1776 to schedule a consultation with our legal team. If you’d like more information, feel free to contact us.