No. You are not required to have a lawyer and may represent yourself throughout the claims process. You should know, however, that the employer (or insurance carrier) must be represented by a lawyer, which may place you at a disadvantage. Therefore, it may be wise to consult with an experienced Richmond work injury attorney if any of the following situations arise during your claims process:
- Your employer denies that your injury occurred while on the job
- Your benefits are denied
- You cannot obtain medical treatment
- You have been promised benefits or care which you have not received
- Your employer’s or insurance company’s attorney contacts you and wants you to give a deposition
- You intend to sue a third-party who is also responsible for your injuries or illness
These are just some of the situations that can arise that may make you consider hiring a Richmond workers’ compensation attorney. At Schilling & Esposito, we won’t charge you a fee upfront. Rather, our attorneys’ fees are paid as a percentage of any benefits you receive.
To learn more about how we can help you receive Virginia workers’ compensation benefits, contact Schilling & Esposito at (804) 261-1001 in Richmond or toll-free at 1-888-484-HURT to discuss your case with an experienced Richmond work injury attorney or click here to fill out our free online case submission form.