It can be large or small, catastrophic or seemingly insignificant. The fact is that each year, many people are hurt on the job. Some injuries are so severe, the family immediately contacts a lawyer; but sometimes what seems like a small injury turns into a long-term chronic injury and many people don’t know that they are still entitled to medical care and lost wages if the damage was caused by your work, and it causes you to miss work.
If you are hurt at work, you are entitled to worker’s compensation benefits. Do you know what your rights are? Whom can you contact to preserve your rights?
Why an attorney can help
You may work for the best company in the world, but the fact is that when it comes to paying workers’ compensation claims, many employers are not quick to sign on for their responsibility.
Perhaps they think your injury was caused by your outside activities (think sports or home-improvement projects), or maybe they know that you were hurt at work, but think you could have done something to keep the injury from occurring. Regardless, if you were hurt at on the job, your medical bills and lost wages are covered and hiring an attorney can ensure that you get the money to which you are entitled.
Don’t navigate this alone
Not only are there time limits for filing for benefits, there will also be medical exams and insurance adjusters who do their best to discredit you. You may think it is perfectly fine to speak with doctors, nurses and other individuals your company asks you to confer with. But there is a good chance that you might say something that hurts your case—or worse yet, that your words will be misrepresented by the person with whom you spoke.
Allowing an attorney to be your voice can eliminate all of these concerns. He can speak for you, accompany you when you do need to give a statement, and preserve your case so that you can collect all the benefits to which you are entitled—saving you time, stress and ensuring that you get the care that you need to recover and return to work.