The system of resolving workplace injuries through workers' compensation insurance can be complex to navigate, especially when workers do not know what they can expect from their employers.
Too often, it can feel as though an employer holds all the leverage in any situation, but employers are obligated by law to fulfill certain duties and responsibilities to keep their employees safe and respond correctly when on-the-job injuries do occur.
Whether you have been injured in a workplace accident already, or are doing your research ahead of time, it is always wise to know how the law is on your side.
Workers' compensation protects both the employee and the employer
The nature of the system is that it is designed to make sure an injured employee can receive important medical care, especially for medical emergencies. In this sense, it creates a safety net at the bottom, so to speak. However, workers' compensation is also intended to protect employers from unnecessary and lengthy lawsuits. In this way, it creates a ceiling for seeking damages for an injured employer.
For those who have been injured on the job, it may be easy to simply turn the case over to your employer and assume that everything will go to plan. For some, this is sufficient. For many, however, getting the most out of their workers' compensation claim means fighting for maximum benefits and working the system to ensure that the injured person is not given subpar care in the interest of the employer's bottom line.
Because of the dual nature of the system, it often benefits the employer at the employee's expense. There is no reason why you should have to receive any less than the treatment that you deserve and fair compensation for your employer's benefit. It is unlikely, however, that an employer or an insurer will give you the best, most appropriate benefits without seeking them out.
Your best recovery requires a team working for you
No matter what your injury is, it is very unlikely that it will heal fully and correctly without the right treatment. No one has ever broken a bone and had it heal perfectly because the waited around for it to get better on its own.
In the same way that a timely and effective recovery requires the best medical personnel and treatments available, getting the most out of your workers' compensation claim can only be made better and more effective with proper legal guidance.
An experienced attorney can help you navigate this complex system and fight on your behalf to make sure that you are receiving not only the minimum acceptable level of care, but the best that the system can offer. If you're ready to get serious about your workers' compensation recovery, employing the assistance of an understanding and experienced attorney can help you get exactly the help you need to get back on your feet and back to work.