Getting injured while you’re at work can create some complex situations. If you were injured on the job, there are regulations in place that prevent you from suing your employer.
However, depending on what caused your injury, you may have the right to pursue a case against a third party, like a product manufacturer, a land owner or someone other than your employer.
What injury would make me eligible for worker’s compensation?
Examples of common workplace conditions eligible for Workers’ Compensation benefits are:
- Construction site accidents
- Head or neck injuries
- Repetitive stress injuries
- Occupational diseases and work-related illness
- Eye and ear injuries
- Heavy lifting injuries
- Burn injuries
- Broken bones or fractures
How do I know if I have a case?
If you were injured performing the duties of your work, you’re most likely eligible for benefits. In order to receive workers’ compensation benefits, you must give your employer a written notice of the accident or illness within 30 days of the incident.
With that said, if you are eligible for worker’s compensation, it doesn’t mean that you automatically have a case to pursue. In order to be able to sue someone for your workplace injury you have to be able to prove that a third party, like a product manufacturer, a land owner or someone other than your employer, was responsible for it.
What is the process for a worker’s compensation claim?
As soon as you are injured on the job, you should see your doctor and inform your employer of the injury. When you see your doctor, or get medical attention, get documentation of the visit and the doctor’s diagnosis. Try to document as much as you can about the injury in terms of when, how and why it occurred. Once you have all the information, you need to complete the Worker’s Compensation Board’s Employee Claim Form. You can find this form online, or your employer may be able to provide it to you. Once your form is complete you can submit your claim.
Once a compensation case is accepted by the insurance company or established by the Compensation Board, medical expenses related to the accident are covered. Doctors and chiropractors are not permitted to bill a compensation patient directly but must send their bills and reports to the insurance company and the Workers’ Compensation Board. If there is a dispute regarding a bill, it will be handled. As an injured or sick worker, you should never pay a health care provider for a medical bill for treatment related to the workers’ compensation case.
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Hiring an Attorney
Anytime a serious injury happens at work, you should contact an experienced worker’s compensation attorney. Our attorneys never charge a consultation fee. We don’t charge any fees until monetary compensation has been recovered on your behalf. We’ll ensure your medical treatment and lost wage losses are covered to the fullest degree of the law, and guide you through the worker’s compensation application process. If you face the challenge of temporary or permanent loss of earnings due to workplace injury or occupational disease, you should contact us for a free consultation.
Frequently Asked Questions
Worker’s compensation cases can create complex circumstances. They can also threaten your lively hood and we want to make sure you fully understand your rights so you can get the benefits you’re entitled to. We’ve helped clients just like you secure the benefits they need to get through a workplace injury. Throughout the process of winning worker’s compensation cases, our clients ask many of the same things, so we’ve compiled a list of frequently asked questions. If you don’t find the answer to your question here, feel free to contact us.