When a worker is injured on the job, they have the right to file for Workers Comp. Laws were put into place to protect injured workers and ensure they receive the benefits they deserve for their injuries. Many injured workers are not aware of the rights they hold and the steps they should take to seek their benefits. With this information, injured workers will be aware of what they can expect from the process.
Seeking Workers Compensation Benefits
There are a couple of different steps an injured worker needs to take to ensure they are able to receive fair benefits. The first step involved is informing the employer of their injury. In most states, there is a limited time an injured worker has to report an on-the-job injury. The injury must be reported when it happens or when it is discovered.
Once the employer is informed, it is their responsibility to file an injury claim with their insurance company, so it can be evaluated. The injured party may be asked to visit the doctor of the insurance company to confirm the injury. In most cases, the employer and their insurance company are required to give a decision within a couple of weeks. This is generally when things sometimes begin to go wrong.
What Happens When a Worker Is Denied?
When an injured worker is denied the benefits they're entitled to, they often begin to panic. If a worker does not know their rights, they may not realize their options for appealing the decision. While it is never required to hire a lawyer, many injured workers end up hiring legal representation at this time.
An injured worker always has the option of appealing the decision. When a lawyer is hired, the lawyer goes to work aggressively pursuing the employer and their insurance company. They will work in mediation and pursue a hearing if it becomes necessary.
A lawyer makes the process of seeking fair workers compensation benefits much less stressful. The lawyer will take over all of the steps involved and will work to protect the rights of their client.
If you have been injured on the job, it is your right to seek fair compensation. Contact the law office of Mark A Simon right away. He and his team will meet with you and help you overcome the obstacles that are standing in the way of a fair outcome in your injury case.