When a worker is injured on-the-job, notifying his or her employer is an important part of the process for filing a claim for workers’ compensation benefits.
So, the process is simple:
- Notify employer of your injury
- Your employer will make sure you get the benefits and treatment you need
Not so fast. Back up a bit.
That may be exactly how it would work out if you left it up to your employer. After all, you may work for a very altruistic person who puts the well-being of his employees and the needs of their family members above the company’s bottom line.
Realistically, you need to “follow the money” if you have been hurt. Your injury could cost your employer’s workers’ comp insurer and your employer a significant sum of money. In business, costs are the enemy. They have all the incentive in the world to get you back to work, limiting the costs of medical treatment and workers’ compensation benefits.
That is why you need an attorney looking out for you.
A workers’ compensation attorney will have no conflict of interest. Your attorney will only be interested in making sure that your legal rights are protected, including obtaining the full workers’ compensation benefits that are you entitled to.
At Martin Law, we have extensive experience representing workers in a variety of industries. No matter your relationship with your employer, the process is as follows:
- Notify your employer of your injury
- Speak to a workers’ compensation lawyer about your rights.