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Worker’s Compensation

When you are injured in the course of performing your work duties, you are entitled to worker's compensation. Unfortunately, employers and insurance companies often make it difficult to redeem the worker's compensation to which you are entitled. If you are injured at work, consult a lawyer before accepting any offer!

How Does Worker’s Compensation Work?

Worker’s compensation is a form of insurance that most employers must take out to cover their workers in the event of an injury. Independent contractors are not covered under worker’s compensation laws, and if you are paid “under the table” you will not be covered.

What Injuries are Eligible?

Most injuries you sustain on the job are eligible for worker’s compensation claims, but injuries sustained on the way to and from work are not covered. There is one exception: if you are on the clock and are injured traveling to or from another work site as part of your usual work duties, you will be covered.

What Compensation Can I Receive?

Worker’s compensation does not include the sorts of award that align with other lawsuits, such as punitive damages. However, worker’s compensation is designed to fully cover all of your injuries, including medical costs such as doctor’s bills, therapy, and rehab, as well as any lost wages or long-term disability you have suffered.

If Your Claim is Denied or Underpaid

Worker’s compensation is just like any other insurance; the insurer profits from paying less than it takes in. That means there’s an incentive for worker’s compensation programs to deny or undervalue claims. Particularly if you are financially struggling, it may be tempting to take the first offer you are given. But you should always talk to a lawyer about your claim.

A worker’s comp lawyer can assess the potential value of your claim, in addition to helping you identify choices that may increase the value of your claim. For example, failing to follow your doctor’s advice could serve as evidence that you are not as injured as you claim to be.

Even if you think you’ve been given a fair offer, you deserve a consultation with a worker’s comp attorney. Worker’s compensation is a complex area of law, and you may not know your rights. You can’t count on the insurer or your employer to fully inform you of your rights, either. When you hire us, we fight for you. Let us show you how we can help you today!





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