Suffering an injury while working can be very disrupting to your life. On top of the medical bills and doctor’s appointments, if you have to miss work, your whole family suffers from your loss of income. Workers’ compensation insurance is there to help you so you can still pay your bills while you recover. However, obtaining the compensation you deserve is not always an easy process, and having a workers’ compensation attorney by your side can make all the difference in whether or not you obtain the benefits you need. Following are a few of the reasons why.
Too often, workers trust that their employer is “on their side” and will help them obtain the compensation they need during their time of convalescence. The truth is, many employers are not helpful when it comes to obtaining workers’ comp benefits, with some going so far as to actually deny the existence of the injury.
Keep in mind also that employers are not allowed to retaliate against you in any way for making a claim. They cannot mistreat or fire you for filing for workers’ compensation benefits.
A workers’ compensation attorney at Cross & Smith will know what benefits you can expect to obtain for your injuries and will be able to tell you if your employer or the workers’ compensation carrier is not compensating you in full. To be honest, having an attorney working for you causes many employers and workers’ compensation insurance carriers to take your claim more seriously.
When you have a pre-existing condition, it can complicate your claim and make it more difficult to recover for your work-related injuries because insurance companies like to say that your pre-existing condition is the reason you are now suffering. Although these types of claims may be more difficult to recover compensation for, it is not impossible, and a lawyer from Cross & Smith will be able to handle the process.
The workers’ compensation does not allow you to file a separate lawsuit against your employer (in most cases). However, if a third party contributed to your injury, you may be able to pursue litigation against them for the damages they caused. An example would be if your injury was caused because the machinery you were using while working was designed defectively. In addition to your workers’ compensation claim, you may be able to file a lawsuit against the company that designed the defective machine.
A workers’ compensation lawyer at Cross & Smith can provide you with the peace of mind in knowing that your interests are being protected as you heal and get back to a normal life. Contact our firm by calling 877-791-0618 or via our contact page to speak with one of our attorneys and find out more about how we can help you.
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Posted By: Rhonda Moore