Answering Common Questions About Workers’ Compensation
In our decades of experience helping injured workers secure compensation for their injuries, we have answered countless questions about the workers’ compensation claims process. Some of the most common questions are answered below. For answers about a specific injury or guidance regarding your case, we encourage you to contact us for a free, no-obligation consultation.
Q: When should I report a workplace injury to my employer?
A: Generally, it is wise to report a workplace injury as soon as you can. This creates a record of the injury and allows you to take steps to recover workers’ compensation benefits as quickly as possible. Under the law, you have 30 days to report an injury or you risk having your claim denied.
Q: How much is my workers’ compensation claim worth?
A: Every case is different. Your total workers’ compensation benefits will depend on the severity of your injury, your average wage, your medical expenses and the time you are away from work. Learn more about available workers’ compensation benefits.
Q: Should I accept a settlement offer from the insurance company?
A: Often, insurance companies will try to settle workers’ compensation claims quickly to get workers out of the system as quickly as possible and reduce their costs. If you are offered a settlement, it is in your best interest to discuss it with an attorney first. An attorney can almost always get you more money in a settlement or advise if settlement may not be in your best interests. Settling a case can forever waive your right to pursue other benefits that you may be entitled to such as unemployment and long- or short-term disability, or the right to sue for many other types of actions. Don’t waive these rights without talking to an attorney.
Q: My employer has offered me a light-duty job. Am I required to take it?
A: Typically, workers must accept a light-duty job assignment when it is offered by an employer. However, if you have concerns about your ability to perform the job or believe it does not meet the restrictions set by your doctor, it is wise to discuss your situation with an attorney. Learn more about return-to-work issues and workers’ compensation.
Q: Can I be fired for being injured on the job or pursuing workers’ compensation benefits?
A: It is a violation of state employment laws to terminate employment because of a workplace injury or as retaliation for reporting an injury or bringing a claim. Unfortunately, some employers violate this law. Working with an experienced workers’ comp lawyer can help you preserve your rights and ensure you are being treated fairly.
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