What should I do if I was injured at work?
If you were injured at work, you should first and foremost seek immediate medical attention. Your next step should be to speak with a lawyer because you may be entitled to compensation for the injuries you sustained. Too many employees find themselves in the position of having to deal with rising medical costs and treating their injuries from a preventable accident. If you find yourself in this situation, make sure that you consult with qualified lawyers as soon as possible. This could make a big impact on your ability to recover compensation.
You can recover compensation by filing a lawsuit with the help of the nation’s largest injury law firm, Morgan & Morgan. Contact us today for a free case evaluation to learn more about your case.
Are Certain Employees More at Risk of Workplace Injuries?
A recent travelers' study found that more than one-third of workplace injuries occur during an employee's first year on the job regardless of the employee's industry experience or age. This was shared in the 2022 Injury Impact Report looking at the experiences of more than 1.5 million workers' comp claimants over a five-year period. Reports like these should motivate workplaces to do everything possible to minimize injuries.
What Do I Do If My Employer Wants Me to Return to Work?
It is very important to be mindful of all of the medical advice given to you by your team of physicians after you've been hurt on the job. Your employer will likely ask you to go back to work quickly, but it is very important that you follow your physician's orders and only return to work when you are fully recovered to do so.
You may also want to go back to work, but going back to work too early or taking on certain strenuous activities may make it difficult or even impossible for you to fully recover. Make sure that you take your future seriously and take your time when attempting to recover from a dangerous and devastating injury. It can be very frustrating to work through this on your own, but thankfully the support of a lawyer can help you navigate the process much more easily.
What If My Employer Alleges That This Was Caused by a Prior Injury?
If your work-related injury occurred on a body part that had previously sustained an injury, the insurance company working for your employer or the employer may dispute whether your old injury was simply aggravated, rather than a new injury associated with this new accident. Regardless of whether or not this is the case, you need to engage an experienced workers' comp lawyer as soon as possible to help you recover benefits. You may still be eligible for compensation even when you’re coping with the aftermath of a re-triggered injury.
What If My Employer Argues That My Previous Injury Is Not Work Related?
Your employer's insurance company or the employer directly may allege that your injury is not associated with the ability to do your duties at work. You must be able to tell a comprehensive story of how the accident happened and how this is associated with your duties at work. While it can be frustrating to learn that your employer is not necessarily helping you in this case, you need to have a qualified and experienced workers' comp lawyer help you as soon as possible.
What If My Medical Records and Accident Report Does Not Match?
Many workers may experience challenges and their workers' comp claim associated with getting compensation if accident reports and records do not match. It is imperative to engage a lawyer as soon as possible, especially if your accident claims are different from what your doctor and your employer state. In these situations, your insurance company will likely reject your claim. You can also consult with your physician and state your injury experience with them ensuring that the incident does not change.
What If I Cannot Prove the Cause of My Injuries?
Many people who have been legitimately injured in workplace accidents have problems in proving these incidents. This is why many of these lawyers seek out an experienced legal team like the lawyers working at Morgan & Morgan to fully investigate the accident and to put together plenty of evidence that supports a holistic workers' comp claim.
Your lawyer may also suggest things such as recording the statements of medical staff, managers, coworkers, or anyone else who can help make a strong case for workers. In all of these situations, you need to be prepared to file a case with the help of a qualified attorney. Knowing that you are not alone in these situations can make it that much easier for you to recover compensation.
Do not hesitate to get help from a lawyer who understands the complex issues of what happens when you've been injured at work. Contact Morgan & Morgan today for a free, no-obligation case evaluation to get started.