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Getting hurt while you are on the job cannot only result in a serious injury, it can also lead to long-term absence from work. In many cases, there is no need to hire an attorney. However, some cases can be complicated and will benefit from legal help. If an attorney is not in your budget, there are some ways to get free or low cost legal assistance. The following are some strategies you can consider:
Seek a Pro Bono Attorney
Each year, attorneys opt to provide their services pro bono, or free of charge. This is the best option if you need assistance and cannot afford to pay. Their firm sets the percentage of cases that attorneys take on each year. You will need to call different firms to see if there are any cases left for the year that can help you. You can also call the bar association in your area to find out which will do pro bono work.
Not For Profit Organizations
Check in your area to see if there are any not for profit legal organizations that aims to assist individuals with their legal needs. These organizations are made up of a variety of legal professionals that specialize in different areas of the law. Here, you will find help with many different tasks related to your workers compensation claim, from filling out paperwork to providing guidance on how to proceed with your case.
You can also get help from law students with many aspects of your case. Law students work with firms as interns each year where they assist in many different capacities. They are not licensed to actually practice law, but they can help you with different parts of your case to help hone their skills before they graduate. They are allowed to answer questions that you have, under supervision of a licensed attorney. This can save you some money on your consultation costs.
Obtaining an attorney for your workers compensation claim can be costly. You can handle your case on your own, but having a lawyer on your side can be very helpful. If you have exhausted these options for free or low cost help, call your state's bar association to see what type of help is available to you. You can also seek attorneys who are willing to work on a payment plan or hold off on payment until after your case has been settled. Contact an attorney, such as from Rizzi Law Group, to get started.