Our workplace is like a second home. Employees have the right to work in a safe environment, but unfortunately tragic accidents still occur. Workplace accidents can result in physical injury, emotional trauma, lost work wages, large medical bills, loss of quality of life, long-term disability, and wrongful death. It’s such an overwhelming experience that victims might feel confused about their compensation rights.
In order to protect your rights, our work injury attorneys want you to learn more about worker’s compensation.
“Workers’ compensation claims can be filed whether it was your fault, or the fault of your employer due to negligence or irresponsible actions,” Scott Mann says, work injury attorney. “If a third party contributed to your injury (such as another driver crashing into your company car), then you can also file a separate lawsuit in addition to your worker’s comp claim. Compensation in determined by the severity of your injury, your earning potential before the accident, and the time you missed from work.”
Permanent Partial Disability is the most common type of worker’s compensation. It is awarded when a long-lasting injury alters a victim’s ability to perform their job, and results in modified or lower-paying work. When an injury is so serious that it keeps you from gainful or substantial employment, then Permanent Total Disability is awarded to the accident victim. Survivor’s Benefits may also be awarded if a spouse or parent was killed in a workplace accident.
“Victims of workplace injuries need to take immediate action to protect their rights,” Mike Wyatt explains, work injury attorney. “Notify your employer of the injury as soon as possible. They are required by law to choose an ‘authorized treating doctor.’ If the physician they choose gives you substandard treatment, then contact our office at once. We’ll make sure you get the doctor and surgery you need for your recovery. Our work injury attorneys will also make sure the insurance companies are doing their jobs.”
Please call our work injury attorneys for a consultation if you have been injured in the workplace. Mann, Wyatt & Rice Midwest Injury Firm is honored to assist in your full recovery!