When the average person suffers from an injury at their workplace, they assume their employer will provide them with the treatment they need and do what's right. This is often the case, but it is not always the case. To ensure they're protected, it's important for employees to understand the point when it's best to relinquish control and consider relying on an attorney for a workers' compensation claim.
You Have Significant Injuries
For a very minor injury, such as a cut, you may be able to facilitate your workers' compensation claim on your own. However, when the injury is more severe or it limits your ability to return to work as normal, this is something more serious that you might need help from a professional for. In this scenario, you may need to also investigate your rights concerning permanent or short-term disability along with your claim.
Your Employer Is Slow to Move
If your employer is slow to react to your workers' compensation claim, this is a red flag. In some instances, the employer may just be moving at a slow pace; however, in some other instances, it could be that the employer is trying to stall or ignore your claim. When you are injured while at work due to the negligent actions of another, it is the responsibility of your employer to ensure you get the care you need and an attorney can help you ensure this.
There Is a Third Party Involved
In some instances, the injuries, or the event that caused your injuries is complex and there is a third party involved. For example, if you are driving a company car making a delivery and another motorist on the road hits you, you have two things going here: a workers' compensation claim with your employer and a civil claim with the driver of the vehicle. For these complex scenarios, a professional is ideal.
You Receive Government Benefits
Regardless of the level of injury, if you receive government benefits, such as social security payments, an attorney is especially helpful. When you receive these benefits, your income is closely monitored and if you receive compensation for your injuries without notifying the appropriate federal agency, this can have an effect on your ability to continue receiving these payments. An attorney will keep you protected.
If you have suffered from an injury at work, don't hesitate to contact a professional if you need assistance.