The short answer is YES! I have seen way too many people attempting to handle their worker's compensation cases on their own (also known as pro se in the legal profession.) Many employers or others tell people "you don't need a lawyer for a comp case." This is such a huge mistake in my opinion. Worker's compensation is one of the most complex areas of law, filled with statutes, forms, and regulations. Many lawyers do not even understand the intricacies of worker's compensation practice, and it is why it is one of the few practice areas in Connecticut to have its own special designation. I see claimant's needlessly struggling with their cases and against insurance companies who have attorneys dedicated to defending these claims day after day. Why do they do this? That is the million-dollar question. I think the reason is that people believe they can't afford a lawyer to help them. This is the best part! Because unlike other practice areas, attorneys can only charge 20% of the final permanency award or final settlement amount, so it does not cost the Claimant any upfront amounts out of their pockets. My other theory is that people are intimidated by lawyers. I would be willing to bet the above mentioned million dollars that an attorney who understands the system will get more money for the Claimant's in a shorter period of time, then Claimant's can achieve on their own. I am not only a Worker's Compensation specialist as designated by the Connecticut Bar Association, but I also used to be one of those attorneys who defended the insurance company. Why not schedule a FREE consultation with me today, and see that I'm not intimidating at all. Except for those insurance companies!