When workers get up and leave for their jobs in the morning they have several expectations: they want to be paid a fair wage, they want to have access to health insurance, they want to be given adequate breaks, and they want to provided and safe working environment. What they do not expect, however, is to have an accident occur that leaves them injured, disabled, or unable to go about their normal lives. Unfortunately, for as many as 2.9 million individuals who were victims of nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses at private industry employers in the U.S. in the year 2015, this was not the case. Instead of receiving the compensation and benefits that they expected, these nearly 3 million individuals left their jobs in various conditions that may have rendered them unable to work. For some their inability to work lasted a few days, for others they inability to work is ongoing.
If you have been the victim of personal injury while you were on the job, it is important that you understand what your rights are. And while many companies will immediately meet with a company workers compensation lawyer, those legal representatives do not always have the interest of the employee as the top priority. In fact, by definition of their job, workers compensation attorneys who are provided by the employer have the sole purpose of looking out for the best interest of the company owner. Although these trained individuals may provide some comforting information and offer coverage that seems sufficient, the reality is that a quick personal injury settlement for a premises liability case may not always be enough.
Workers who are injured on the job are best advised to seek out their own legal counsel to make sure that adequate compensation is provided. Having your own workers compensation attorney can help you navigate and understand what can be a fairly complicated process. For while this injury may be the first time that you have suffered a physical problem at work, the company attorneys that you work with are skilled at handling many similar cases. Even when the information from the company’s legal team may appear to be a good faith offer, the fact of the matter is their offer may not cover the expenses of the best medical care, the necessary rehabilitation services, or the home and car adaptations that you may need.
Statistically, it is easy to see why you might benefit from having your own legal adviser when it comes to a workers compensation case:
- Employees who suffer a toe or foot injury miss an average of seven days of work, according to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.
- Slips, trips, and falls constitute the majority of general industry accidents, also accounting for 15% of all accidental deaths a year, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. These numbers make this category the second-leading cause of death in America, behind motor vehicles.
- 15,000 injuries and illnesses occur each year in the warehousing and storage industry, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
- Only 4% to 5% of personal injury cases in the U.S. ever go to trial. The rest are settled out of court. If your workers compensation case is settled out of court you want to make sure that it is a settlement that provides you the necessary resources to make your way to a successful recovery.