If you are injured at work, you have certain rights and protections afforded to you as an employee. But you need to know what to do after a workplace injury and you must take the proper steps to ensure that your rights are protected.
For starters, you are probably going to be entitled to workers’ compensation. Most states require that employers have workers’ compensation insurance. However, with this law in place, it means for the most part that employees cannot sue their employers. This is because workers’ compensation claims mean that an employee does not need to prove that their employer’s negligence caused the injury.
To comply with the law, you will need to file an accident report as soon as possible after an accident takes place, even if you are not sure whether there is a reportable injury or not. As an employee, this protects you. If you do have an injury, seek medical treatment as soon as possible. You need to document your injuries as soon as possible, in case there is a dispute later on.
An employer is required to file a workers’ compensation claim with their insurance company after an accident. While some claims are processed without problems, an insurance company may challenge the validity of the claim or raise red flags which could be a sign that they are going to balk at paying the claim.
If this happens, it is imperative that you contact an experienced workers’ compensation litigation firm such as The Wilmer Law Firm. We have many years of experience protecting the rights of workers who have been injured on the job, and we understand how insurance companies will treat an employee in cases where there is a dispute. The most important thing we will do is protect your rights and fight vigorously to help you receive all the benefits you are entitled to. At a time when you are attempting to recover from your injuries, no matter if they are minor or significant, you need to rest assured that your case is being handled appropriately, so you can continue to focus on a full recovery.
The Wilmer Law Firm serves clients in Phoenix, Mesa, Scottsdale and nearby Arizona communities.