Karl answered this Pennsylvania workers’ compensation question on Avvo.com:
“Should I get a lawyer for my workers compensation claim? I separated my ac joint in my right shoulder in may of 2013. As a result I have a brachial plexus injury to the nerves in my shoulder. I have been out on workers comp for a year now and my symptoms have not changed they have tried medication and many different nerve blocks and still have the pain and numbness. My WC has not discussed settlement or anything and I dont know if I should get a lawyer or just wait to see what happens. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.”
It’s not very likely that any lawyer will tell you that you don’t need a lawyer. On the upside, while you should most definitely be consulting with one, you may not have to pay one immediately. There are plenty of attorneys here on Avvo who can help you. Look for one who is a specialist in workers’ compensation.
As far as the specifics of your case, brachial plexitis is a pretty serious injury and often requires years of treatment. It is at the very least prudent to have a lawyer on hand just in case you ever have to hire one. Namely, it will be most helpful for you if you have a lawyer who becomes familiar with the specifics of your case, including your medical treatment. That lawyer will be able to provide direction in your case, and prepare a defense well in advance if the insurance company ever tries to attack your benefits.