Unfortunately, workplace accidents are very common. The prevalence of workplace accidents is the reason that there are laws requiring employers to have workers’ compensation insurance. While most employers will do the right thing and pay your medical expenses and lost wages with this insurance, some employers may attempt to avoid a workers’ compensation claim in an attempt to protect their bottom line. Here are four reasons that you should hire an attorney after a workplace accident.
Proving a Workplace Injury
If your injury may have been caused by something other than work duties, you should contact an attorney to represent you. Whenever you have an injury that is caused by repetitive movement or repeat exposure, you will need to be able to prove that the injury happened at work. An attorney will be able to help you prove your case.
Extensive Medical Treatment
If your workplace injury will require extensive medical treatment, including prolonged physical therapy, you should hire an attorney to represent you. An employer or their workers’ compensation insurance company might try to only pay for your immediate medical bills. It is important that you get compensation for your ongoing and extended medical treatment relating to the injury. An attorney will be able to accurately quantify this compensation.
Long Periods of Missed Work
When your workplace injury causes you to miss work, you need to make sure that your lost wages are covered by your employer and their insurance. If you are missing long periods of work due to your injury, you are entitled to full compensation for your lost wages, although some employers will try to get out of it. You need an attorney that understands the full scope of your financial losses.
If you have been injured in a workplace accident, contact us today for more information or to schedule your consultation.