No one really expects to go into work and suffer an injury, but it can happen. If you’re hurt, you have the right to file a workers’ compensation claim. A workers injury lawyer, like one from Therman Law Offices, LTD. can help you with the process. Here are a few common myths about getting injured on the job.
Your Employer Will Be on Your Side
If you have been with your employer for many years and have worked hard for the company, you might expect for your employer to have your back regarding a workers’ compensation claim. However, this might not be how things play out. Even if you have a good relationship with your boss, he or she may be concerned about the company’s bottom line first. Your employer may try to pressure you to return to work before you’re ready or deny your benefits completely.
The Insurance Will Always Pay You a Fair Amount
It would be ideal if insurance companies cared enough about injured workers to give them a fair settlement amount. However, you must remember that insurance companies are in the business of making money. Even if there is concrete evidence that you suffered the injury at work, they may still try to get out paying you what you deserve. This is especially true if you suffered a permanent disability. Never accept a settlement offer before a lawyer reviews it.
If My Workers’ Compensation Claim Is Denied, That’s It
It can be very disheartening for your workers’ compensation claim to be denied. However, that does not mean that’s the end. Employers can deny workers’ compensation claims for a number of different reasons, like lack of medical evidence of the injury or a pre-existing condition. If your initial claim was denied, you can appeal the decision.
Workers’ Compensation Will Cover All Your Losses
Workers’ compensation will only pay for your medical bills and lost wages that resulted from your work accident. It won’t cover pain and suffering, emotional distress or other damages. However, if a third party contributed to the accident, you may be able to file a lawsuit against them and request additional damages.
If you were involved in a work accident, a workers injury lawyer may help you pursue a workers compensation claim.