A workplace injury can cause devastation in several areas of your life. Injuries sustained can lead to loss of mobility, independence, and even the ability to work. The costs associated with recovery can quickly add up, even with medical insurance. When you’re injured in the workplace, you’re entitled to certain compensations from your employer. This can help with medical bills and other grievances. What kind of workplace injury attorney do I need?
Attorney Vickery has practiced law for over 30 years in the Whitehouse, Lindale, and Tyler, TX areas. He is dedicated to fighting for you and your rights and will help get the best settlement for your claim.
OSHA describes a workplace injury as an injury or illness caused by an event or exposure in the workplace. OSHA also clarifies that any exposure that significantly aggravates a pre-existing condition you may have also qualifies as a workplace injury. Only if you correctly disclosed this condition to your employer before being hired. There are still some gray areas regarding what exactly qualifies as a workplace injury.
For an injury sustained at or during work to ‘count,’ it needs to have occurred while you were legally employed and officially ‘on the clock.’ If you are working ‘under the table’ at the time of your injury, you may not be eligible to compensation. Partaking in any illegal activities will also harm your chances of being compensated. You will most likely have to take a drug test when submitting your claim and may be required to provide proof of certain activities, depending on the injury sustained.
Before anything else, seek medical aid as needed right away. The most important factor in recovery is response time. As soon as you get an injury, seek for medical assistance by a nurse, doctor, or first responder (depending on the severity of the injury). A quick and accurate check-up will not only get you on the path to recovery faster, it also helps with getting your claim settled as quickly as possible.
As soon as you can, report the injury to your employer. If you work for a smaller company, this may be as simple as calling your manager or the head of your HR department. Larger companies may have a specific workplace injury specialist you’ll need to report to, or even an online form to fill out. If you’re unsure who to get in contact with after a workplace injury, contact your immediate supervisor for more information. Waiting too long to report your injury could negatively impact your claim.
Once you’ve seen a doctor and reported your injury, find a workplace injury attorney. Someone who specializes in workplace injuries to help you go through the claims process. The sooner you contact a lawyer, the more they can help you. Attorney Vickery can help keep everything organized from the start and walk you through the whole claims process.
Going through the process of submitting a claim for a work-related injury can sometimes feel as painful as the injury itself. Having a lawyer on your side helps. Along every step of the way, you may need to provide a number of medical or insurance documents and information. A lawyer will keep copies of all your records and work directly with your insurance to help provide whatever your employer may need.
Having a lawyer on your side will also allow you to focus on recovering from your injury. Instead of fighting with insurance companies, doctors, or employers, you can get to feeling better while your lawyer fights on your behalf.
When you’re ready to file a claim with your company’s worker’s compensation insurance carrier, you’ll need a number of documents and files ready. Each injury will require different files, but generally you should have the following ready:
If you’re seeking income replacement coverage, you’ll also need the following:
Suffering a workplace injury turns your world upside down. What you used to rely on for income and security has now left you with a mountain of medical bills, physical pain, and a possible lack of ability to continue working. If you were injured in the workplace, contact Vickery Law Firm today to get help with your claim. We’ll help you get the compensation you deserve.