Becoming injured at the workplace is often a traumatic experience. Aside from the physical pain, you may experience emotional anguish worrying that your employer might retaliate against you if you file for Workers’ Compensation. Do not be intimidated. If you are unable to work, you may face additional stress worrying about the financial future of you and your family. You are entitled to compensation while you are recovering from your work-related injury.
At The Cochran Firm, our employment lawyers offer extensive legal expertise, aggressive tactics, and a commitment to your case. We will fight to get you the compensation to which you are entitled.
Filing a Workers’ Compensation Claim
In most states, the law requires every business to carry some form of insurance to compensate employees who become injured on the job. Workers’ Compensation was designed to give you the money you need and deserve while you are unable to work.
Filing a Workers’ Compensation claim is similar to filing an insurance claim. It is not a lawsuit against your employer, but instead a request for benefits. If you have been hurt on the job, an employment attorney can help explain the complexities of workers’ compensation benefits and help you obtain the maximum amount that you deserve.
No matter how routine and seemingly safe, most jobs put employees at some risk of injury. While construction work is obviously more dangerous than an office job, even employees who work at desks all day can develop repetitive injuries like carpal tunnel syndrome.
The most common occupational injuries are sprains and strains, especially in the back and legs. Those who perform manual labor and work in health care (transporting patients) are most at risk. Next on the list of common injuries are bruises and contusions, followed by cuts and lacerations. All workplace injuries range in severity, from a stress fracture to an amputation injury.
Types of Benefits
As a worker injured on the job, you are entitled to:
- Payment of medical bills (past and future)
- Weekly paychecks
- Lump sum payments
- Temporary or permanent disability payment (depending on the severity of your injury and when and if you are able to return to work)
If you have suffered a workplace accident, it is important that you receive all the benefits to which you are entitled. Unfortunately, obtaining workers’ compensation benefits can be intimidating and frustrating. A small mistake in your application can cause your workers’ compensation to be denied, leaving you out of work and without income.
If you need to file for Workers’ Compensation or your application has been denied, please contact the qualified and aggressive employment lawyers at The Cochran Firm today. We have offices throughout the United States and can help you get the benefits you need and deserve.