Do I need two lawyers if I have an injury case and a workers comp case?
It happens all the time, someone is injured at work, but it was due to the negligence of another person outside of work. For instance, if you are driving a car or truck, get in an accident, you could have a car wreck case and a workers comp case. You may have a social security disability case, depending on the severity of the injury. Interestingly, many injury law lawyers, don't really understand how one type of case can impact the other. Unfortunately, if your lawyer doesn't understand the finer points, you as the person injured could end up paying for that lack of knowledge and information. Some very reputable attorneys just don't understand the consequences. If there is a possibility of an injury law case when you are hurt at work, you shouldn't take chances with such a problem. It's your case and your money. There are but a handful of lawyers who truly practice in both areas- curiously none of the really large injury law firms have lawyers who typically handle both the job injury and injury law matters at the same time. At the very least, you owe it to yourself to have a complete understanding of the potential aspects of your case- early! A strategic review of your case can give you the information you need to make a solid decision about your case.
Can I see my own doctor?
If you have sustained an injury at work, you must go see a worker's compensation approved doctor for your injury. The worker's compensation insurance company used by your work will assign you to a doctor.
Will my cases settle together?
The key in a worker's compensation and personal injury claim is that technically you have two seperate cases. Since you have two cases, they may settle at two different times.
How will I pay my medical bills?
Your worker's comp insurance will pay for your medical bills, however once your personal injury case is settled, you may have to use the settlement to pay back the worker's comp insurance for those bills.