You may be leaving money on the table unless you work with a worker’s compensation attorney. Worker’s compensation laws are designed to provide a way for workers to receive adequate compensation if they become hurt on the job. Whether the injury results in one needing ongoing medical care for a series of months or one needing life-long medical care, that person needs to be compensated with Worker’s Compensation Insurance.
Additionally, you should also receive a portion of your lost wages. If you are not receiving fair treatment from your employer or their insurance company and are being denied access to important care or your claim is being rejected altogether, call our office for help.
In addition to ensuring that your rights are protected and that you are treated fairly, we can also work to maximize the amount of money you receive for your injury claim. Remember that your employer and their insurance company are going to try to save money wherever possible. They may try to diminish the extent of your injury in order to do so. We can work to prevent this from happening.
Secondly, we can look to see if there are other opportunities for you to receive compensation. Worker’s compensation laws prevent you from suing your employer unless they willfully put you in a harmful situation. However, they do not prevent you from filing a lawsuit against a third-party who was also responsible for your injuries.
Some examples include:
There was a case recently where a crane operator suffered a serious brain injury after being tossed from the cab. The accident was the result of a manufacturing defect and the crane company paid a settlement.
Things like hard-hats are designed for a specific purpose. If you are using safety equipment as intended but it fails to perform, you could file a lawsuit against the manufacturer of that equipment. The key is proving negligence and establishing that you were using it appropriately.
If contractors or other companies were on your job site, behaved negligently, and caused your accident, you may be able to file a lawsuit against them. To know for sure, we will need to review your case, the context in which you were hurt, who you were working for at the time and the role that the contractor or other company played in your accident.
If you were injured while performing your job duties due to a third-party keeping their property in disrepair, you could sue them. For example, if you are a delivery driver and were injured after dropping off a package because a stair gave way, the owner of that property would be responsible for your accident. Since you were working at the time, you would receive worker’s compensation insurance but you could pursue the property owner as well.
We can identify any third-parties that may have responsibility for your accident after discussing what happened in detail.
Find out what your claim is worth or receive help advocating for your rights as a worker, by speaking with a worker’s compensation attorney in our office.
NOTE: This is for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice.