Do I need a lawyer for appeal of unemployment benefits?

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Do I need a lawyer for appeal of unemployment benefits?

I was denied. My job fired because I had 3 accidents over 2 1/2 years.

Asked on September 28, 2010 under Employment Labor Law, Alabama

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

Without knowing more details of your case, its hard to know if you have grounds for an appeal.  However, if you do, you may want to hire an attorney to help you.  Most claimants don't know how to act at unemployment hearings.  Often they are told by unemployment personnel that an attorney is not required.  However, do not be surprised if your former employer is represented by one.  You may be subjected to a difficult and lengthy cross-examination.  Other claimants lose at the hearing because they don't understand what they must prove to receive benefits.

You should at least consult with an attorney about representing you at the hearing. Many states limit the amount that they can charge you for such a case.


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