If you have been injured at work and this injury is preventing you from doing your job properly, you may need to file for workers' compensation. There are several reasons why you may need the assistance of a lawyer with experience in this area. The following are three situations where you may need the help of a workers' compensation attorney.
You are having trouble documenting your injury sufficiently
In plain English, the powers that be think you're faking your injury. This happens to people who have genuine injuries, but these injuries are often difficult for a medical doctors to see and document. Perhaps the most common example is the pain from a back injury. The amount of pain you are suffering from can be debilitating, but it is not something that can be seen on an x-ray. Yes, the injury can be validated, but not the extent of the pain. And it is the pain that is preventing you from working.
You've been denied your claim because your employer claims the injury didn't happen on the job
No one argues that you have been injured, but you are accused of getting hurt while at home or otherwise while not on the job. This can happen to anybody filing a workers' compensation claim, but when you have the misfortune of getting injured on a Monday, your employer may suspect that you hurt yourself on the weekend. If you have had a claim denied for this reason, you need to consult with an attorney right away.
You have lost your job
You may have gotten hurt on the job, received workers' compensation, and recovered, only to find out that your job is gone. You may have been replaced or given a job beneath the position you had before your injury. Your employer may have offered you a job with lower pay. Many employers have been known to take illegal actions when employees have returned to work. If you have suspicions about the legality of your employer's actions, then you should consult with an attorney.
Many workers who get injured on the job have no problem before, during, or after filing a workers' compensation claim, but keep in mind that it is not unusual for there to be problems. Do not hesitate to consult with lawyers such as those at Franco Law Firm about any problem you may be having. Workers' compensation exists to help injured employees, so if you qualify for compensation, you should get the money you are entitled to.