Injured workers have specific rights and duties
Every state has a workers compensation system designed to provide injured employees with compensation in the event of an injury caused by work. Most employers are required to carry workers compensation insurance. Workers compensation claims can also include occupational diseases, conditions caused by exposure to hazardous substances, or carpal tunnel syndrome. The workers compensation laws are very different from the laws governing a general personal injury case. Both the employee and employer have particular rights and duties not found in other types of injury cases. A workers' compensation claim provides for lifetime medical benefits for the injury unless the claimant and employer both agree to settle the claim. The Commission provides mediation services for those interested in settling claims or disputes.
An experienced workers compensation attorney will help maximize the recovery and handle the complicated procedures involved with filing a claim and going to a hearing. There are important issues concerning how the injury happened, medical treatment, reporting injuries, and other filing deadlines and procedures. We can make sure that your claim is not weakened or lost.
Remedies in addition to workers compensation
Although an injured worker is generally limited to filing a workers compensation claim against the employer, an injured worker may be able to recover from other negligent third parties. For example, if an employee is injured at work in a car accident, there may be both a workers compensation claim and a personal injury claim against the other driver. An attorney experienced in both personal injury and workers compensation claims can help determine if a third party may be liable for your injuries. Workers compensation benefits pay for your medical bills and some lost wages but do not cover pain and suffering and other damages. Therefore, it is important to investigate whether third parties unrelated to the employer may be at fault.