What to do if you are injured on the job.
Imagine that you are at work, lifting boxes or just stacking shelves, when you fall or something falls on you. You can be thankful that you live in America, and you have the following rights (as listed by Nolo.com):
- You have the right to file a claim for your injury or illness in workers compensation court or the state industrial court.
- You have the right to see a doctor and to pursue medical treatment.
- If you are released to return to work by your physician, you have the right to return to your job.
- If you are unable to return to work because of your injury or illness, whether permanently or even temporarily, you have the right to some type of disability compensation.
- If you disagree with any decision by your employer, the employer’s insurance company, or the workers’ compensation court, you generally have the right to appeal that decision, and
- You have the right to be represented by a lawyer throughout the process.
Do you need an injured on the job lawyer? You have your rights, and they are “inalienable.” But just because you have the right to something (free speech, keep and bear arms, etc.,), doesn’t mean you’ll get the opportunity to exercise that right. To put it another way, you could have ice cream in the freezer that is yours for the eating, but if you don’t go to the freezer and get it out, the ice cream stays untouched, uneaten.
An injured on the job lawyer can help you do more than just list your rights, they can help you identify where you are not being compensated to the full extent of your rights, and help you get the compensation you deserve.
One of the most crucial jobs of any on the job injury lawyer is to evaluate lump sum offers. Tom Holland is experienced in evaluating lump sum offers. Early lump sum settlement offers may be encouraging, but Tom Holland will make sure you are not leaving anything on the table. If the disability continues to be treated without a definitive diagnosis and/or prognosis, prompt settlement may not be prudent. When and if to settle is your decision to make, but BEWARE. What’s the hurry? Please be cautious of an early settlement offer from a claims adjustor who suggests you do not need an injured on the job lawyer. Our law office specializes in representing injured employees, and we know worker’s compensation law inside and out. You are allowed to represent yourself in worker’s compensation proceedings, but remember that the litigation is complex and your employer will be represented by an experienced workers compensation attorney. Don’t walk into court, unprepared and outnumbered.
Contact TMH Law today for a free consultation!
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