Across the country, from big cities to small towns and everywhere in between, it is the industrious men and women working with their hands and backs that keep everything going. Unfortunately, the jobs that keep everyone’s lives possible are often some of the most dangerous lines of work. If you work with your hands for a living, sooner or later, you are likely to experience some form of injury on the job – and when you do, you may be eligible for a number of benefits.
There are a number of ways your employer may be required to care for you, depending on the nature of your injury. However, no matter how you get hurt, you’re almost always more likely to get the best treatment available if you know what benefits should be available.
Not getting the most out of your workers’ compensation claim could mean not fully healing from an injury, or even being uncompensated for a portion of your lost wages. When it comes to workers’ compensation
benefits, there is no substitute for knowing what should be coming to you.
Don’t shortchange your future with poor medical care
After your injury, it is important to seek the right treatment as soon as possible. Putting off proper medical care can end up costing everyone more in the long run, if the injury worsens or leads to complications.
Furthermore, not seeking immediate treatment can complicate getting proper care later on if the untreated injury leads to secondary injuries that may or may not be covered under your employer’s plan.
A worker who is injured while in the course of the work is entitled to whatever medical care is necessary to either heal from the injury or alleviate the symptoms, or both. This can mean thousands of different kinds of treatments, depending on the injury.
You may be required to have a medical exam with a doctor chosen by your employer or their workers’ compensation insurer. In some cases, an employer may pressure an employee to pursue subpar care to save the company money. While it would be great to believe that no boss would risk an employee’s health for one’s own bottom line, it is a reality that occurs every day.
Proper medical care may not end with a single treatment – if your injury is severe, it may entail surgery and a lengthy recovery. If your employer is pressuring you to make medical choices that may compromise your recovery, do not hesitate to enlist the help of an experienced attorney who can fight on your behalf and help enforce your employer’s compliance with legal responsibilities.
Don’t get swept aside if your injury leaves you disabled
There is a very real risk that your injury may leave you temporarily or permanently disabled. In this scenario, it is vitally important that you get the help you need to ensure that you receive as much disability compensation as possible.
The representation of an experienced attorney is often a crucial component of pursuing fair compensation for a disability. With proper guidance, you can negotiate a fair settlement and pursue justice confidently, knowing that your attorney is fighting to make sure you are truly cared for, while your rights remain protected.