If you were injured at work, our work injury attorneys could help with your case.
Workers' Compensation laws were created to provide funds and medical benefits to workers who suffered an injury due to an occupational accident. Our work injury attorneys can help you better understand your rights after being injured in a workplace accident. The workers' compensation system was established to protect employees from an injury, or even death, occurs from their employment.
In order to protect the legal rights of someone who is injured on the job, many complicated legal issues must be considered and adequately addressed. This includes being compliant with a large number of time-sensitive deadlines and knowing how to handle insurance companies.
Hiring an experienced and dedicated workers' comp attorney will help ensure that the insurance carriers do not deny your worker's compensation claim. More often than not, insurance companies are reluctant to offer an injured employee the compensation they deserve for many different reasons.
Insurance companies are often wary of fraud, which can occur if an employee makes a false or exaggerated claim, or they could refuse to pay because it is simply not in their financial interest. Your employer might also deny the claim because they do not want their insurance premiums to increase.
With the help of one of our expert personal injury lawyers, you will have a much greater chance of receiving the benefits you are entitled to after a work-related accident. Our attorneys will gather evidence, such as medical records, safety reports, and speak with any potential eyewitnesses to your accident. If your claim is denied, an attorney from our office may be able to file an appeal demanding that you receive the compensatory damages you deserve.
Work-related injuries can affect an employee's physical and mental health. Here is a list of some of the most common work-related injuries:
If you are injured in an accident at work, you should notify your supervisor, boss, manager, etc. There is a 30-day duration in which you must report your injuries. However, it is best to report your accident immediately because the longer you wait, insurance companies could begin to question if your injuries actually occurred while on the job.
Always consider that your accident doesn't become your employer's responsibility until they are notified of your injury. Once your employer is informed, it is their duty to document the injury, begin the benefits process, submit a claim to their workers' compensation insurance company, and notify your state's board of worker's compensation.
For those who suffer an injury at work, your employer should have a posted panel of at least six approved doctors you may choose from to treat your injuries. You may select any doctor on the list for treatments. If you want your medical expenses to be covered in your workers' compensation claim, then you must be seen by a workers' comp doctor. If your employer fails to post a list of physicians, you may pick a doctor of your choice.
Unfortunately, some doctors are more concerned with getting you back to work than being certain that you are truly well. If you feel like your injuries aren't being taken seriously, you can choose a different doctor on the list. Your workers' comp doctor should be concerned about your recovery and health, not just your return to work.
On the other hand, if you've chosen a doctor and feel your injuries are being handled appropriately and professionally, you're obligated to follow all medical advice and treatment recommended by your physician. If you fail to follow your doctor's instructions or consecutively miss scheduled appointments, your workers' compensation claim may be denied.
There are cases when workers' compensation benefits will not cover an employee's injuries. For example, if the employee failed to follow the employer's safety rules or policies, has used drugs or alcohol, or had reports of misconduct, benefits may be denied.
The employer or insurance company may also argue that a worker's injuries existed before the accident. Nonetheless, state law allows injured employees to recover for aggravation of a pre-existing condition. So, even if you have hurt the same part of your body previously, you still have the right to recover from a re-injury sustained during a new work-related accident.
An experienced workers' compensation attorney will determine whether or not you can receive any additional compensation through a third-party lawsuit if someone other than your employer is to blame for your injuries.
It is paramount that you file your claim as soon as possible after the accident occurs. If you fail to comply with the deadlines, you could lose your chance of compensation for your injuries.
Working closely with your attorney will prevent you from missing deadlines and ensure that the proper documentation is filled out correctly and promptly.
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Our work injury attorneys believe that you are entitled to workers' compensation benefits. We offer new clients a free case review with one of our work injury experts. If you have been injured on the job, do not hesitate to call.
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1. If you are injured, report the injury to your employer immediately. Make sure your employer files the work injury paperwork required by your company and forwards it to the adequate channels for processing.
2. Fill out an injury claim. Employers should have this paperwork readily available. Be as thorough as possible when filling out an injury report. Submit a completed form as quickly as possible after an injury. Reporting your incident helps you obtain your workers’ compensation assistance sooner and verifies you are doing your part.
3. Seek immediate medical attention. Most states require employers to provide a list of workers' compensation doctors. Select a physician and make an appointment. Inform your employer that you are seeking medical help. Follow your doctor’s advice and show up to all scheduled appointments. Inform your physician that your injury was from a workplace accident and that they provide you with an "off work slip" if they feel you shouldn't return to normal duties.
4. Get a free consultation with a skilled workers’ compensation lawyer from Helping the Hurt. Our workers’ compensation lawyers are accomplished in pursuing all the workers' compensation benefits an injury victim can receive to improve their health.
Hiring a workers' compensation lawyer does not require any upfront legal expenses because they work on contingency.
Working on contingency means that the client does not pay anything upfront, and the lawyers only collect a small percentage during the final settlement.
Operating on a contingency fee basis is very helpful to work injury victims since they can be confident that their lawyers will do everything they can to optimize their final settlement.
You are required to immediately inform your employer of your injury and file a formal workers’ compensation claim. Include any relevant information such as:
If relevant, you may include a list of witnesses who can attest to your accident.
Generally, you will not need to go to trial for a workers' compensation claim. Usually, a settlement will be reached between the at-fault party's insurance company and your attorney. Your lawyer will discuss with you what your best option is. Going to trial may mean a bigger settlement, but it also means it could take longer to receive your payment.