Workers' Compensation and On-the-Job Injuries
By Mike Stetzer
Many people who are injured while at work consider talking to a workers' compensation attorney before making any decisions or accepting any settlement. In many cases, victims of on-the-job accidents are entitled to substantial compensation even if they were at fault.
Your employer's insurance carrier may contact you and offer you an injury settlement. You may feel that they're trying to do the right thing and get you the compensation you deserve, but insurance company employees have a job to do-and that job is to save money for the insurance company.
Often, they'll engage you in conversation and seem sympathetic in an effort to get you to make statements that can later be used to deny your claim. And once you've accepted a settlement, you will usually find yourself barred from pursuing additional damages if you later find out that you required more medical care than you expected, or even just have additional bills that you hadn't received at the time of the injury settlement.
Repetitive Stress Injuries: Are They Worth Compensation?
Sitting at a computer all day using repetitive motions can potentially cause personal injuries. RSI, or repetitive stress injuries, affect workers in many different types of businesses.
With advancing technologies in the workplace, research is being conducted to determine whether these new work related injuries might inhibit employees from completing their tasks.
According to the bureau of Labor statistics one of the leading causes for employees to miss work is due to injuries of repeated stress.
This raises many questions: Can RSI prevent people from completing daily duties? Should employees be compensated for missing work do to these work related injuries? Is it lawful for an employer to fire an employee with RSI because it creates a performance issue?
Speak to an attorney about your work-related injury to see if you're due compensation for your suffering.
Let a Workers' Compensation Attorney Advise You on Your Case
It's often in the insurance carrier's best interest to settle quickly. It's in your best interest to make sure that you have complete information and understand all of your rights and options before making a commitment.
A workers' compensation attorney can help explain your rights and the process, and answer any questions you might have so that you can make an educated decision. And, if need be, the injury lawyer can help you navigate the process of litigating a workers' compensation claim.
Workers' Compensation law is different from any other area of injury law. The elements your attorney must prove in order to win a workers' compensation case for you are different from those in other injury-related cases. Worker's compensation cases are governed by very specific laws and regulations, and specific formulas are prescribed for determining damages.
The process of negotiating a workers' compensation claim can be very difficult if you're not familiar with the intricacies of workers' compensation law - and you could end up losing out on the compensation you're entitled to.