The Importance of Working With a Workers’ Comp Lawyer
You’ve probably heard it before, but if you’ve been injured on the job, you must work with a Workers’ Comp attorney to protect your rights. According to the most recent statistics in reports from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are nearly 3 million non-fatal injuries and illnesses reported annually in American workplaces. While a good number of these cases are preventable, accidents can and do occur at work; therefore, you must know how you can protect your right to benefits.
EMPLOYERS AND INSURANCE COMPANIES MAY NOT HAVE YOUR BEST INTERESTS IN MIND
Very often, employers try to control the cost of claims associated with workplace injuries by rushing you through an occupational medicine center, where you’ll receive minimal treatment. The Workers’ Comp insurance agent tries to get you to admit fault and then begins to pressure you to come back to work. Insurance company representatives may act like they care about you, when in fact, their only goal is to reduce the bottom line.
Many workers don’t realize that they are entitled to hurt-on-the-job benefits until it’s too late. This situation is why it’s vital for anyone who has experienced an injury at work to contact a Workers’ Comp attorney immediately for legal counsel.
WORKERS’ COMPENSATION ATTORNEYS WORK FOR YOU, NOT FOR INSURANCE COMPANIES
There is a brief time period in which you can obtain injured worker benefits, which means you must talk with a Workers’ Compensation attorney as soon as you are able to do so. According to NOLO, this period can be as short as 30 days from the event. Even if you have experienced what you believe to be a minor injury, such as a back strain or a fall, you could end up having future medical problems and pain. After you have reported the injury to your human resource department and filled out an incident report, contact Levine Benjamin Workers’ Compensation attorneys for critical advice about what to do next. Your attorney’s job is to work for you, to ensure you get all the benefits to which you are entitled, and to make sure you have adequate time to recover after a work-related injury. Your employer has insurance; so should you!
GET COVERED FOR ALL YOUR MEDICAL AND FINANCIAL NEEDS
Most people think the only type of benefits to which they are entitled when injured at work is a quick trip to the ER. This benefit is only part of what you can expect as an injured worker. If you’re eligible for Workers’ Compensation due to the nature of the injury or accident, you may be entitled to full medical care, including follow-up visits to check your healing progress, prescribed medications to make you more comfortable, medical equipment and therapies to help you recoup, and most importantly – time lost at work. Your Workers’ Comp lawyer may be able to get you more financial benefits than just your disability income, depending on how much responsibility the employer had to protect you from your injury.
Before you talk to the Workers’ Comp insurance agent or allow your employer to hold your job over your head, contact our Workers’ Comp legal team. We’re here to fight on your behalf to make sure you get all the injured worker benefits you have coming to you, so you can continue to lead a productive life.