Do I need a lawyer for my workers compensation claim?

All insurance companies have lawyers who specialize in denying workers' compensation claims. In my opinion, as a former defense attorney, an unrepresented injured worker is put at a severe disadvantage.  In a small case with a minor injury and very little medical treatment for the work injury, that might not matter.  But anyone with a permanent injury caused by work, or an injury that may force them to change careers or retire will need an experienced workers comp attorney to protect their rights to future benefits and medical treatment for the injury.