|March 11, 2014||Injured At Work? Workers Compensation Law 101||no comments|
Injuries at the workplace are any employed person’s nightmare. They can incapacitate you and make it impossible for you to work. In the worst case scenario, they can cause you to lose your job and therefore your source of income. Many workers then find themselves in a big struggle when and injury occurs at work.
Unfortunately, most employees are completely unaware of what their workplace policy on employee compensation for workplace injuries is. They never bother to find out what rules and mechanisms are in place until they find themselves in a dire situation. Therefore, if you are anything like majority of employed people it may be time to learn more about your personal workplace injury compensation policies. It is important to acquaint yourself with what policies your employer has in place and prepare yourself for any future injuries or accidents. In the event you do get injured at work here is what you need to do:
1. Notify your employer of your injury
The next step is to get with your employer. Depending on the size of the company, this can be your supervisor or the human resource department at the company. Keep in mind that all of this should be done before going to a workers compensation lawyer. This is a very common mistake for many employees. Going to a lawyer can turn the entire process adversarial and in many cases, companies will be able to delay the process or even have it defeated due to their deeper pockets and access to better lawyers.
Many employers have become quite compliant in the face of government sanctions and regulations for non-compliance with compensation rules. Where they are non-compliant or become unresponsive, it is time to look for a workers compensation lawyer.
2. Seek Medical Attention
After you have notified your company or employer about your work-place injury it is time to see a doctor as soon as possible. Any delay in seeking medical attention can jeopardize the validity of your claim and hurt you down the line.
3. Find a good workers compensation lawyer
You need to do research on how to get a good lawyer who deals with labor matters specifically. Labor matters are a highly technical area that needs special expertise from a specialist who has the relevant experience as well as the experience. Labor matters are quite delicate and challenging to take up and successfully litigate so the last thing you want to do is get a greenhorn attorney. Furthermore, having an experienced partner will also allow you to trade on his reputation which can get you a settlement without ever having to go to court.
4. Should we negotiate a settlement or seek to litigate?
Ideally, your workers compensation lawyer would be best placed to advise you on the way forward in your specific claim. The legal professional will take into account every relevant factor in the case and clearly lay our your options for you. This is provided you have selected a good work-place attorney by using recommendations from former clients as well as internet research. However, it is important to know that for every workers compensation case that gets a multimillion dollar settlement, there are a dozen that are stuck in litigation for years. Therefore, if a good settlement is offered to the worker it may be a good idea to take it.
This article has been contributed by The Shulman Law Firm of Brooklyn to the Queens Ledger local newspaper on 03/11/2014 by the Alex Shulman Staff. They can be contacted for a free consultation at: The Shulman Law Firm 44 Court St, suite 808 Brooklyn, NY 11201 (718) 852-4700 http://www.shulmanwc.com