Work accidents vary in both the types of injuries suffered and the severity of the underlying condition. Unfortunately, many injuries go unreported as workers either believe the accident was their fault or they will suffer retaliation for filing a claim. It is crucial to remember, however, that numerous legal protections are in place to ensure workers recover the benefits they need without suffering workplace retaliation as a consequence.
In general, it is important for an injured worker to file their claim as soon as the accident occurs. This can not only lend credence to their claim, but also alert the company to an unsafe situation that must be corrected on the premises. Unfortunately, many scenarios lead to confusion, frustration and disappointment as injured workers attempt to file the necessary paperwork. In these situations, it is wise to seek the guidance of an experienced workers’ compensation attorney. Certain factors can include:
- If the employer denies or unnecessarily delays the claim paperwork
- If the employer pressures the worker into visiting a physician that does not meet regulations regarding distance or specialty
- If the workers’ compensation benefit settlement does not seem fair
- If the employer engages in retaliation such as demotion, termination or verbal abuse after an employee files a workers’ compensation claim
- If the injury involved the negligence or inattention of a third party such as an installer, subcontractor or delivery driver
Whether it is a single accident, toxic exposure or repetitive stress a workplace injury can have dramatic effects. Many injuries require medical treatment, surgery, physical therapy and strong prescription medication. After a work-related injury, employees are entitled to seek workers’ compensation benefits to ensure they do not face financial peril while fighting to return to pre-injury health.