The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) indicates that about 2.8 million work-related injuries and illnesses were reported in the private sector in a single year in the United States. Many people work in high-risk industries and are aware of the possibility of accidents and injuries on the job. However, injuries happen in all types of jobs, even office jobs, and other low-risk work environments.
The type of injury you sustained should not matter when it comes to workers’ compensation eligibility. Additionally, fault for the accident does not affect your eligibility, as workers’ compensation benefits are no-fault. Instead, the main requirement for a successful workers’ compensation claim is that the injury or illness happened in the course of your employment.
An accident does not need to occur at your primary place of employment to qualify as job-related. For example, if you are driving as part of your job and get into a traffic accident, it should count as a workplace accident for the purposes of workers’ compensation. Some benefits that workers’ compensation should cover include:
These benefits are often essential to prevent financial hardship from medical bills and lost income. You want to ensure you have an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer helping you throughout the claims process.
First, you should always report your accident and injuries to your employer as soon as you can, and then get the medical attention you need. Always follow all treatment recommendations by your physician, as this demonstrates you are serious about your physical recovery.
An attorney can help you prepare and file your workers’ compensation claim within the time limitations. Insurance companies might try to limit your benefits in different ways, including:
Get advice from someone who has been through what you are experiencing. Attorney Michael Babcock has been a victim of an injury due to the negligence of others. Prior to entering Law School Michael suffered a work injury and knows what it is like to seek compensation for injuries.