If you’ve been hurt on the job, or have injuries resulting from repeated job duties, you may be entitled to compensation for lost wages and related medical costs. However, receiving the fair and appropriate compensation may not always be so quick and easy. Once a workers’ compensation claim has been filed with the victim’s employer, it is then sent to their insurance provider. The insurance provider then decides whether to accept or deny the claim. A claim may be denied because nobody else witnessed the accident, the victim waited too long to report the accident or injury, the victim’s report of the injury and the medical report don’t seem to match up, the victim had illegal substances in their system at the time of medical examinations, or it was determined that the accident or injury did not or may not have taken place at work. A denied claim does not need to be the end of the story, however. A workers’ compensation attorney can help guide the victim through the process of an appeal and can help to ensure that an appropriate compensation is awarded.
The process of filing a workers’ compensation claim is filled with legal paperwork and jargon that may be difficult to comprehend. The last thing you want to do is sign your rights to fair and just compensation away simply because you didn’t understand what you were signing. A workers’ compensation attorney will guide you through the tedious paperwork process so you can rest assured that you have filled out all necessary paperwork within the given time frame. Late submission of documents can have a detrimental impact on the victim’s success with appealing the denial of their claim.
In addition to helping gather and complete paperwork, a workers’ compensation attorney gives the victim a greater chance of receiving the maximum benefits. They know what evidence is crucial in determining compensation and how to go about getting it. They know the different aspects of the victim’s life that may be impacted by the injury and how far into the future that impact may reach.
Many workers shy away from appealing the denied verdict because they are worried about the possibility of retaliation by their employer. An attorney will protect the victim from unfair or injury-related termination. The law provides that an employer can stop paying an employee’s disability if they are terminated for reasons unrelated to the accident or injury. This often leads to technicalities; employers who will begin to look for any other reason to let the victim go. Essentially, the victim begins to have a target on their back. Employers are less likely to take this approach for workers’ who have hired a workers’ compensation attorney.
Being injured on or because of a job is far from an ideal situation, but should it arise, it is in the victim’s best interest to receive—and the employer’s obligation to provide—compensation for lost wages, medical costs, and future costs that will be incurred because of the injury.