You and your family depend on your income. But what if you are injured on the job? A workplace injury lawyer can help you make sure your boss pitches in to help with the medical bills.
The cost is higher than you think. Workplace injuries cost $48.6 billion annually in worker’s compensation in the U.S. alone. Keep reading to see how the right lawyer can help you know what your employer’s responsibilities are.
Benefits of a Workplace Injury Lawyer
First things first: Plenty of bosses are good people. And that means plenty of them will pay you what you’re due anyway. But if you’re not sure whether your injury is workplace-related or how much your boss is liable for, a good lawyer can help ensure that you aren’t struggling to pay medical bills.
A workplace injury lawyer, also called a personal injury lawyer, is a lawyer who provides legal representation to plaintiffs (you), claiming physical or psychological injury as a result of another party’s negligence, which can be a person, entity, or organization.
And even if you’re not sure, it doesn’t hurt to ask if you can find out for free. That’s why we offer a free 24-hour accident report.
The first question to ask is this: What is your employer responsible for?
Your boss has a range of responsibilities relating to workplace injuries. They are not, however, necessarily liable in an accident. (See where a lawyer comes in handy?) For example, if you get injured at a workplace party, in theory, your boss is liable. However, if the accident happened because of your substance abuse instead of, say, faulty wiring, then your boss isn’t liable.
That said, your boss is still responsible if you receive medical treatment.
This is where worker’s compensation comes in.
Once you’ve received medical treatment, you’re responsible for filing a claim for worker’s compensation. Your employer is required to maintain worker’s compensation insurance to pay for work-related injuries. This insurance is what will cover you. It covers prescriptions, medical bills, and mileage to the hospital. It can also cover physical and vocational rehabilitation. If you cannot return to work at all, the policy will cover you with a permanent disability.
Know your rights. They start before you’re in the hospital. Your rights include:
- When you get injured, you have the right to immediate medical attention.
- You also have the right to inspect your workplace for potential hazards.
- You also have the right to obtain copies of tests done on workplace hazards.
Get the Right Lawyer for You
If you’ve been injured, you need someone looking out for you. Techmeier Law Firm can help.
Check out our blog for a variety of answers to your legal questions, including what you should do after an injury at work and how to get a work injury lawyer that will fight for you. And if you still have questions, we’ve got answers. Check out our FAQ page for a list of common personal injury questions to get started.
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