So you’ve been injured on the job and you’re not sure if or when you should hire a workers’ comp attorney. The simple answer is, yes and as soon as possible.
Workers’ comp is a system of laws meant to protect workers who have been injured on the job. Sometimes it’s called Worker’s Compensation or Workmen’s Compensation. And every working man and woman in California who has been injured on the job is entitled to claim workers’ compensation benefits.
The main goal of workers’ comp is to ensure that anyone injured on the job receives the appropriate:
- Medical care
- Lost wages relating to the injury
- Retraining and rehabilitation, if necessary
It doesn’t matter what your job is or what industry you’re in; you could be a warehouse worker, a retail salesperson, a home care provider, a truck driver, a waitress, a mail worker, a middle manager, or even the president of the company. It also doesn’t matter if you’re full time or part time, exempt or non-exempt, manager or hourly worker.
What is most important for you to know is that every injured worker has a right to obtain a worker’s comp attorney.
A workers’ comp lawyer will be able to advocate on your behalf to ensure you receive the medical care and workers compensation benefits you’re entitled to. If your injury keeps you from working permanently, a lawyer can advise you about filing for Social Security disability benefits, for example. But that’s not all. If your employer or your employer’s insurance company disputes any aspect of your claim, your workers’ comp attorney is experienced in the entire comprehensive process involving complex legal rules and procedures. Remember, if you’re injured on the job, it can end up being you against your employer. And even worse, you against your employer’s insurance company. And both of them are much more aware of how the workers’ compensation system works than you are. Your workers’ comp lawyer evens out the playing field.
There is no need for you to feel threatened by your employer or your job. In fact, there is no need to feel threatened by the workers’ comp process. Your workers’ comp attorney is well versed in maneuvering through and around every corporate hierarchy, as well as the roadblocks the insurance companies will throw at you at every turn. Your attorney can handle it all, to the point of pleading your case before the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board and the judges who preside over them.
It is your right to contact a workers’ comp lawyer, and the sooner you do it, the better it will be for you and your case, since your attorney can ensure your claim is on the right track from Day 1.