Most firms have an established set-up for compensating their employees when they incur injuries or illnesses from their work, as dictated by state laws. These reimbursements are known as “exclusive remedy” and are available to employees who were hurt at work to prevent legal action against another employee who may be solely responsible for that injury. Normally, this is good for the employee because it means he will receive medical care and lost wages, even if the injury was caused by himself.
So, with the law protecting you, would a lawyer really be necessary? Injuries can get expensive and there are lots of ways all parties, except for the injured, can keep their costs down. Here’s why you might want a lawyer on your side…
#5. Your company could deny you fair worker’s compensation
There are good firms that really look out for their employees, but sometimes a company may not provide benefits for their injured employees or cut back on the compensation that should be awarded to them. In these instances, you must find a good lawyer. An experienced lawyer often reaches a reasonable settlement before the case reaches the Workers Compensation Appeal Board.
#4. Practice legal protective measures to eliminate possible ways to deny your claim
If you are injured at work, request for medical attention immediately, the very next thing you should do after that is to file a report. If your medical treatment goes beyond first aid, document it so you can use it in your case later on, otherwise the fact that you cannot provide evidence of your injury may be used against you. If you are not treated after the injury, this will impact how seriously your injury is viewed; the defense attorney or compensation claims adjuster can cite this as a reason to deny your claim.
#3. Your insurance may only be interested in minimizing their losses
Another common mistake people make is going to their insurance company to make their claim. It might seem like the logical thing to do, but your insurance company may try to pay you as little as possible. To add insult to injury, the defense attorney or compensation claims adjuster can use the things you say to your insurance company against you. A lawyer is the best option when communicating to the involved parties as they will know exactly what information to give out and what not to say so you can be best compensated for your case.
#2. It’s crucial that your initial filing for worker’s compensation is done right
If your company disputes your claim, it will be difficult to represent yourself. You will need to provide specific medical documents by certain doctors, make reports, and take on the burden of proving that your resulting injury or illness was incurred through your work. Unless you have a thorough knowledge of workers compensation law and the contacts to follow through with it, you will be more successful in your claim with the help of a professional lawyer.
#1. Circumstance can make things more complicated
There are a lot of variables to consider when working through workers compensation cases. If you have a third-party involved with your injury but your company is not liable for them, you have to bring your case to that person or their firm. You may have been injured by operating defective equipment, poor safety conditions, or lack of safety procedures. There are times in which it is difficult to determine who should be responsible.
Shulman & Hill Workers Compensation Firm can help you with your workers compensation case. An experienced lawyer can get you the most beneficial settlement while avoiding expensive and time-consuming court cases and appeals. Why stress yourself over legal matters after being injured at work? Concentrate on your health and recovery and let the professionals do their work.