No one anticipates when an accident can happen at work; they just happen. Someone might just be fixing something on the ceiling and fall off a ladder. Another might get back injuries as a result of carrying heavy stuff so on and so forth.
Generally, when people get injured at work, they can access worker compensation through a worker compensation lawyer’s help. This includes catering for the medical bills and the salaries they stand to lose for being out of work.
What are the benefits available for injured workers?
There are worker compensation laws that govern the whole compensation process. However, the benefits that the lawyer will advocate for will depend on the injury and condition of the worker. Some of these benefits include:
● Medical expenses
When a worker gets injured or sick due to a work-related cause, the lawyer will see that they are aided in paying for the medical costs. This includes visits to emergency rooms, surgery costs, and prescriptions.
● Wages benefits
The injury or sickness might have to take some time off to recover from the illness or injury. The worker is supposed to receive compensation for the income lost during such days.
● Rehabilitation and care benefits
Some injuries and illnesses might be so severe that the worker needs extra care, such as physical therapies. They should receive compensation for this too.
● Permanent total disability benefits
This is received when the worker cannot work independently or in any other job that suits their skill, training, and expertise.
● Permanent partial disability benefits¬¬
This is mainly for the workers who recover from the injuries but are still left with an impairment not expected to improve or heal.
● Temporary partial disability benefits
This is a wage-loss benefit. Let’s say the worker heals from the injury and goes back to work but ends up earning less than what they were earning before the injury.
Some of these benefits can be confusing. However, a worker compensation lawyer has the knowledge required to analyze a worker’s situation and know the proper steps to take.
Worker Compensations Laws
Whether state governed or federal governed, these laws advocate for fixed awards that employees (or their dependents) should receive if an injury occurs. Such distinctions are important in that they enable the workers to obtain the necessary compensation. Additionally, there are laws and acts for specific employee groups. For example, there is the Federal Employees Compensation Act that covers federal workers.
The primary duty of having a workers’ compensation lawyer is to represent the worker, the claimant, and ensure that they receive the compensation they deserve according to the law. However, if the lawyer represents the employer as a defendant, their work will be to tone down the liability. Therefore, the lawyer will have to:
● Gather all the necessary medical evidence as well as the worker’s medical history
● Perform other legal researches
● Keep up to date with the current law developments
● Compose the pleadings, briefings, findings of facts, and other essential documents
● Litigate the case
Good lawyers have top drawer negotiation skills. They can use the available evidence and get the most out of the case.