If you have been injured on the job, you deserve to get compensated. The pain and suffering can be immense.
Perhaps you will unable to work for a while. You might got into serious debt trying to pay for medical bills, rent and other expenses while not receiving a steady paycheck. Yet, you cannot always count on workers compensation. The system does not dole out money for every claim. You do, in fact, have to prove your case.
For these reasons, you should always consult with an experienced workers compensation attorney about your situation before taking action. Any mistake by you can result in a denial or delay of your weekly, permanent impairment or vocational rehabilitation benefits.
Get things right the first time by seeking qualified legal counsel to help justify your case.
Negligence or No-Fault
Workers compensation may be a no-fault area of the law in your jurisdiction. Nevertheless, you need to be vigilant about protecting yourself for future claims. Yes, you can receive workers compensation without proving the negligence of your employer, a fellow employee or outside contractor. Yet, this fact does not preclude you from filing a future personal injury claim related to the workplace injury.
You may want to avail yourself of other possible outlets of relief. Therefore, work with your attorney to find out if there was some degree of negligence by an outside party to justify your case.
Pain and Suffering
In general, you cannot collect workers compensation benefits for your pain and suffering. The system has established a trade-off, of sorts. Since workers compensation is no-fault, victims are not allowed to claim pain and suffering damages.
Always speak with your workers compensation attorney about filing a personal injury lawsuit that would allow you to request this additional amount.
Finally, never forget that the choice of a lawyer is an important decision and should not be based solely upon advertisement.