Getting hurt on the job can be stressful and confusing, especially if you’re unable to work while recovering. During this time, it’s important to have someone on your side to make sure that you receive all the benefits and compensation you deserve. That is where a worker’s compensation lawyer comes in handy.
Worker’s compensation lawyers specialize in workers’ rights, including knowing how much compensation their clients should receive from the insurance company. When hiring a worker’s compensation lawyer, it’s important to find one who has experience in the field and understands your case completely. The worker’s compensation lawyers at Hurwitz, Whitcher & Molloy, LLP have years of experience helping clients with their worker’s comp cases.
If You Are an Employee
First and foremost, in order to qualify for workers’ compensation benefits, you must be an employee of the company where you were injured. An employee is defined as “any person who performs labor or services for an employer under any contract of hire, written or oral.” This includes but is not limited to:
- full-time employees
- part-time employees
- seasonal employees
- temporary employees
- independent contractors hired by the company
If you have suffered from any of these as a result of your injuries, then you might be eligible for workers compensation benefits. This type of benefit is generally paid out by employers who have maintained worker’s compensation insurance coverage for their employees.
Report Your Injuries
The first thing you need to do if you’ve been injured at work is to report it. It doesn’t matter if it’s a small injury like a papercut or something more serious such as broken bones – anything that happens while working should be reported immediately so that there is documentation available for future reference.
If you don’t report an injury when it happens (or shortly thereafter), then it could become difficult later on when trying to collect benefits from workers compensation because there will not be any record showing what happened and who was involved in causing your injuries which can lead people questioning why they should believe you about these claims!
Is Your Employer Covered?
Not all employers are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance, but if yours do, then your chances of receiving benefits increase. Employers who work in construction or manufacturing, deal with hazardous material or employ domestic help are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance.
If your employer does not offer workers compensation insurance, then you may file a personal injury lawsuit against them if you suffer an injury due to their negligence or failure to provide a safe working environment. Filing a personal injury lawsuit can be more complicated than obtaining workers’ compensation benefits and should only be considered in extreme cases where the employer has been uncooperative. Contacting a workers compensation lawyer from Hurwitz, Whitcher & Molloy, LLP is your biggest step to getting the compensation you deserve.
If you are unable to return to work, your quality of life takes a significant hit. Financially, too, you now have a lot more to worry about than before. All things considered, don’t gamble with your future and legal rights. Get in touch with Hurwitz Whitcher Law immediately, and let them know your side of the story. It’s better that they hear it from someone who understands the nuances of what happened, which can be lost in court—where they will assign blame to either you or your employer.