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If you have been injured on the job, having a workers compensation attorney on your side is a wise idea. Workplace injuries are incredibly common. Whether you work in the oil fields, for a manufacturing plant, or as a secretary, it is possible to become injured at work and have that injury either temporarily or permanently limit your physical capabilities. Technically, businesses are required to have workers’ compensation insurance to pay for your medical bills and a portion of your wages during recovery. The problem is that the insurance rates or premiums a business pays are directly influenced by how many claims are filed. If a business has many employees making workers’ compensation claims, they will pay more money and their profits will be reduced. This creates an incentive for businesses (owners and management) to limit the number of claims. If they do so by keeping the workplace safe, that is a good thing. If, however, they prevent employees from filing claims or try to get them back to work sooner than they are able, that presents a problem. Unfortunately, the latter happens all too frequently, making it important to protect yourself and your rights by working with an attorney.
A Workers Compensation Attorney Can Get You Medical Care
One of the ways employers and their insurance company try to limit the claim amount is by restricting medical care. If they can direct you to an approved doctor who provides limited treatment, they will save a great deal of money as compared to if you visited a specialist. Since it is in their interest to limit the level and type of medical care you receive, you may be blocked when requesting to visit a specialist. As a law firm, we can fight for your rights so you can receive the best possible medical care and increase your chances of experiencing a full recovery.
Disputes Are Best Handled by a Workers Compensation Attorney
If your employer is disputing your workers’ compensation claim entirely or saying you can work when you cannot, call an attorney. Once retained, we can represent you throughout the dispute process, making a case for your temporary or permanent disability. This requires teamwork on your part and investigative resources. We will need to know exactly what happened leading up to and during the accident if anyone witnessed what happened, whom you spoke with afterward, and details on your medical care. Our team will speak with your doctor, review your medical records, and learn how your injury could impact your ability to work in the future. After we have built up a strong case, we can confidently represent you and work toward getting you the compensation you deserve.
One thing to note is that you must deal with your injury immediately. If you have been hurt in a sudden accident or just realized that your job duties have slowly created an injury, you need to report it and hire an attorney right away. If you wait too long to notify your employer, it will appear as though you were injured elsewhere and are trying to blame your job. Do not take the risk when you can call and schedule a free consultation with our law firm today.