Should I Hire A Workers’ Compensation Attorney?


Recorded on Aug 7th, 2014 and Published on Aug 8th, 2014

So… should you hire a workers’ compensation attorney? This question is frequently asked question in my practice, and certainly a question I have answered many times for my clients.  While I cannot speak for every state, I can tell you that hiring an attorney in Minnesota for a workers’ compensation case is ESSENTIAL. If you are not getting the benefits you deserve, or there is a problem with your case, things can go wrong very quickly, and it’s your attorney’s job to make sure that doesn’t happen.  This is one of the easiest ways to know if you are dealing with an experienced workers’ compensation attorney or not.

What’s more, is that there aren’t really any reasons “not” to hire a work comp attorney, unless you don’t have a workers’ compensation case. This is because hiring an attorney does not cost you money, it costs the employer’s insurance company money. This does mean that it may come out of your benefits in the future, but in most cases, you will not get the benefits without the attorney to begin with, which is something that is really important to remember when making these types of decisions.  Additionally, recovery of some or all of those benefits can be obtained through the use of Subdivision 7 fees, which is another way to know if you are dealing with an attorney that focuses in workers’ compensation.  If they don’t know what Subdivision 7 fees are, you may not want to hire them.

I don’t want to talk about Subdivision 7 fees in too much detail just yet though, as that and “how much” a workers’ compensation case typically cost are other topics I will cover in future videos. What you need to remember is that if you have a workers’ compensation case, that you need to call an experienced workers’ compensation attorney immediately, as there are strict guidelines controlling when and how specific things need to happen with your case.

Christopher Rosengren
Mankato, Minnesota