Worker's compensation claims are generally viewed as routine issues that don't necessarily need a lawyer's intervention, but this isn't always true. There are workers compensation complications that you may face, especially if this is your first time pursuing such a claim. Here are some of those complications:
Having to Wait Too Long For Your Benefits
Ordinarily, you should start receiving your worker's compensation benefits as soon as you have filed your worker's compensation claim. These fist benefits usually constitute your medical bills, and the responsible party (such as your employer's workers insurance company) should pay the bills even before your claim is accepted. This is understandable because your injuries cannot wait for the bureaucracy of the approval process to get treated.
However, this doesn't mean that you will receive the benefits if you don't make a proper claim. Your papers need to be in order and you need to follow the right channels for the claim if you want to start receiving the benefits immediately. If you make a mistake, you may be forced to correct it before you can receive the benefits; having a lawyer will prevent you from making a mistake.
Receiving Partial Benefits or Getting Your Claim Denied
Workers compensation encompasses multiple benefits, and it is easy to miss out on some of them if you aren't careful. The benefits include things like medical care, rehabilitation costs, disability benefits, and lost wages, among others. Some of these things are easy to determine and prove while others are more difficult and require the expertise of an attorney. For example, you may not receive full benefits if you can't prove that you are permanently disabled and the insurance company believes that you are only temporarily disabled. In fact, in the worst case scenario, your claim may be denied completely. Hiring a worker's compensation lawyer to handle your case helps to avoid such complications.
Facing Retaliation from Your Employer
You are supposed to enjoy workers compensation benefits without facing retaliation from your employer or from anybody else, for that matter. Unfortunately, some employers may view you as a burden if you were injured in the workplace and can't do the same work you used to do before the accident. This is even more likely if your injury is taking too long to heal. Other employers may even retaliate against you if they think you somehow contributed to the accident. For example, you may be demoted, sacked, denied benefits or even overlooked during promotions. Have a worker's compensation by your side and you are unlikely to face such issues.
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27 December 2017
Were you injured at work and fighting to get the workers compensation that you have paid into each year? Sometimes, getting those payments can be very difficult. What do you do when an employer fights the claim? Do you need a lawyer to help you through the process? How will you pay for a lawyer if you cannot even pay your electric bill? You are probably as lost as I was when I went through the process. Fortunately, you can learn from my experience with the system and find the answers to many of the questions that you have about filing a workers comp claim and fighting the system when it is denied.