Unless you work somewhere with a high risk of injury, you never expect to be injured on the job. Even workers who do have a higher risk of injury, such as construction workers, probably never think they are going to be the one who gets injured, but workplace injuries happen and they can happen to anyone.
Construction workers have a very high risk of getting hurt on the job. They are working with dangerous machinery, or in dangerous situations, and they risk their safety every day. Nurses are also highly susceptible to workplace injuries and illnesses. Lifting and moving patients, and treating patients that have serious diseases, pose risk. People who work in the back of grocery stores or in large warehouses are moving heavy objects and may work with large machinery that could easily cause an injury to the person operating it, or an innocent bystander. Despite all of the risk that goes into these, and many other jobs, no one should have to go to work in fear that they will be injured.
What Steps Do I Need to Take?
If an injury on the job occurs you’ll probably find yourself not knowing what to do. You never expected to get injured at work, so you never planned for it. You’ll also probably have a lot of questions after being injured: To whom do I talk with? Was this my fault? My employer’s? One of my co-workers’? Does fault matter? Will I receive workers’ compensation? Should I see a doctor? How am I going to continue providing for my family during this time? Is there a “3rd Party Case” that involves other types of damages involved in this accident? How does that affect me?
Those are some of the big questions that can arise, and during a time that is as stressful as getting injured at work, you may find yourself not even knowing where to begin with answering those questions. This is why contacting an experienced attorney who knows how to handle these situations is important. Richard Irwin of Heiting & Irwin Attorneys at Law is a State certified specialist in workers compensation, and has over 35 years of experience handling these types of cases. It is important to have experienced trial attorneys evaluate the facts of your injury, and to determine how to maximize the benefits available to you.
The first thing you must do after being injured at work is let your employer know what happened. The law requires your employer to provide you all of the necessary papers that must be filled out in order for you to receive workers’ compensation. The next step is to see your physician as soon as possible. It is important to do this step right after the injury in order for there to be no confusion on how you sustained the injury. If an insurance company sees you did not go see a doctor until a couple weeks after your claim, they might say you injured yourself some other way and either offer less money than you need or no money at all.
Is Workers’ Compensation All I Can Receive?
While most workers hurt on the job believe they are entitled only to workers compensation benefits for their injuries, there may be additional benefits available. Many times a third-party, in addition to your employer, may be responsible or at fault for the injury. Recovery from that third-party could be over and above the workers compensation benefits, a separate source of compensation beyond the benefits payable by the employer or its insurance. In order to obtain fair and just compensation for being hurt on the job and with a third-party that may be liable, you should contact attorneys who are very experienced in these types of cases.
Should I Speak to a Workers’ Compensation Attorney
After suffering an injury at work, you may be embarrassed and/or afraid. A lot of people do not want to tell their boss about the injury in fear of being fired. However, there is no reason to feel this way. Injuries can happen to anyone, and workers’ compensation is available for these exact situations. Also, do not fear that speaking to an attorney will hurt your relationship with your company. No one plans for injuries to happen. No one injured usually knows the steps that need to be taken and when. Having Heiting & Irwin, experienced attorneys by your side to help you sort all of this out, helps to take all of the burden off of your shoulders so you can solely focus on recovering from your injuries. No one should fear they are not going to be able to provide for their family any more. People who are injured should be completely focused and dedicated to recovering from their injury and getting back to 100% in order to live the happy and healthy life they deserve. Let the attorneys at Heiting & Irwin Attorneys at Law handle the paperwork and help. Let us maximize your benefits and your settlement.
Heiting & Irwin has handled these cases since 1976, with our own investigator and many experts available to make sure all of the important facts and information are documented and preserved. We have the resources to properly investigate your claim and to preserve the evidence so that your rights may be protected. If you or someone you know have been injured on the job, contact the workers’ compensation lawyers at Heiting & Irwin Attorneys at Law. Our experienced and dedicated team of attorneys will lead you through this difficult and stressful time. There is no reason to tackle this case alone.
In addition, Heiting & Irwin Attorneys at Law may assist you with other matters and concerns. Be sure to give attention to getting an attorney immediately. Strict time limits apply in these cases and can act to bar a claim completely. Information initially available may be lost. It is extremely important that we are engaged as soon as possible to enable us to have the opportunity to investigate promptly and thoroughly. Prompt access and investigation are a must. Contact us today.