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Worker’s Compensation Cases – You Worked Hard, so Will We Some Background on Work Law

In our great country we have laws to protect us. Given the course of American history, protecting employees has been a hard-won victory. It is also a fairly recent protection provided to us. Our country had been founded for almost 200 years before President Nixon signed the Occupational Safety and Health Act, in December 1970. The law is intended to hold employers accountable for safety measures, equipment maintenance, and training protocols, thereby ensuring they are not putting their employees at undue risk.

Do I Need An Attorney for my Workplace Injury?

In some cases, such as with simple claims or no extensive injuries, insurance companies may be able to handle the matter without further process needed. However, if you have a severe injury, then things can get more complicated, overwhelming, and frustrating. Not to mention, you may be in a lot of pain, which makes thinking through and assessing your situation very difficult.

If one or more of the following scenarios apply to your situation, then your case might require the attention of an attorney for fair compensation:

  • The worker’s compensation claim involves many parties, such as a state agency, a company’s management, and a legal team, as well as insurance providers. This can be a lot to handle and you may feel more comfortable with proper representation.
  • You sustained significant injuries. If you and your doctor do not reasonably believe your health and capabilities are as good as they were before, this may now be a matter of disability. If this happens, it is an even more complicated process and an attorney can guide you through it.
  • The workplace injury required surgery and had complications or prevents you from working.
  • The employer informs the state worker’s compensation agency that they are denying your claim. You can fight back with the help of the right attorney.

It may happen that you are not able to resume your prior job; however, an employer should make a good faith attempt to provide another job for you that you can reasonably do. A legal advocate will go a long way in situations like this. If you are injured due to an employer’s negligence, you cannot be terminated. If you are, it is grounds for a lawsuit.

Insurance companies also carry a responsibility to provide adequate benefits for your claim. Don’t miss out on the proper care you need if more benefits are allowed. If your life has been disrupted all because you were doing your job, you deserve compensation. Lives can be permanently affected due to workplace injury, whether the resulting injuries are broken bones, surgery, or semi-permanent – or permanent – pain. If you are not able to return to work due to the worker’s compensation incident, you may also be entitled to retraining for a new vocation.

If this sounds like a lot, it’s because it is! Navigating a complex web of claims, insurance, doctor’s bills, missed wages, and rehabilitation, is difficult for anyone to manage. Allow us to help you understand the technical legal jargon and look out for your recovery if your employer is not.

There is no Shame in Advocating for Worker’s Compensation

Just because you got injured at work does not mean it was your fault. It also does not mean you are not a hard worker. An employer or insurance company may try to place the blame on you and prevent you from receiving the benefits you are owed. If you were performing the tasks as assigned and got hurt, then you are not to be held liable, they are. Some workers feel “too proud” to admit the injury was severe enough that they are having a hard time recovering. Your health is more important and there is no need to feel embarrassed. Victims of worker’s compensation injuries often had egregious, sometimes permanent, injuries and disfigurements. They certainly deserve adequate representation, and so do you.

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If you are still deciding whether or not to pursue your case with a qualified attorney, we can help with that, too. Our legal specialists can advise if you have a case worth pursuing. So give us a call today, risk-free! Remember, we work on a contingent basis; there is no charge if we do not win!

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