I fell at work because of a poorly constructed scaffold. My co-workers said I need to speak to an attorney. Do I need a lawyer?

Although the decision is a very personal one, it is usually wise to consult with legal counsel experienced in dealing with workplace injuries. Personal injury and workers’ compensation cases can often be complex. In some states, such as Texas, a worker may not be able to sue his or her employer, depending on the type of insurance the employer has. He or she may, however, be able to sue a subcontractor.

You may choose to represent yourself. However, this is generally not advisable. You may find it difficult to deal with insurance companies, and many people ultimately end up with a settlement that is far lower than they may have been able to obtain with the assistance of legal counsel.

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