When we get injured, we first try to assess the damage. Next, we try to get treatment or to do what we can to fix the problem. After that, well, most people tend to just wait. They may be following doctor’s orders, they might be hoping that time heals all, or they might simply think “this isn’t so bad,” attempting to grin and bear it.
All of these are very natural thought processes, but what we often forget about or skip over entirely is that there is another step to be considered, and it’s one that could result in justice. If you’ve been injured on the job and it was due to the negligence or fault of your employer, you could qualify for legal compensation. Our work injury lawyer is here to help. See when you should schedule a free consultation with personal injury lawyer Roger Fincher, and contact us with any questions or when you’re ready to begin.
You know, or are pretty sure, you weren’t at fault.
Minor and even moderate accidents can happen all the time, and it doesn’t mean the employer is directly at fault. From paper cuts to getting burned while working in the kitchen, occupational hazards are all around us. However, there are times when management doesn’t look out for or protect their employees like they should. If you feel like there was a direct correlation between your accident and negligence of your employer, it’s probably a good time to call our work injury lawyer.
Non-example: Getting burned by a grill because you accidentally leaned into it.
Potential example: Getting burned by a faulty grill that your employer refuses to fix or replace.
Your injury is severe.
As we mentioned, minor and moderate injuries can be sustained at any job, and it can be chalked up to the fact that accidents happen. But if you’ve been severely injured at your job, in a way that’s affecting your life weeks, months, or even years after the accident, there’s a chance that you could be eligible for legal compensation. Again, this isn’t a guarantee, but it might indicate that there was some negligence on the employer that you weren’t immediately aware of, and they might be financially responsible to help offset your medical costs and time away from work.
Non-example: Not wearing a hard hat at the construction site when you were supposed to and sustaining a head injury.
Potential example: Following all the routines and safety procedures and still sustaining a long-lasting illness or injury.
Your employer denies anything happened.
If you were injured on the job, you might be eligible for workman’s compensation. However, if your employer refuses to acknowledge your injury happened at work, even though you know it did, this is a red flag. This could also be a sign that they’re trying to get out of any financial situations that might arise, such as contributing to your benefits.
As online legal resource Nolo states, “Employers and workers’ comp insurers routinely reject bona fide workers’ comp claims, confident that many workers will fail to appeal. Unfortunately, they’re usually correct.” If you feel like this applies to your situation, don’t let your boss back you into a corner. Contact our personal injury lawyer for a free consultation.
Non-example: You get a minor injury, like a small papercut, and your employer jokingly says “you’re fine, get back to work.”
Potential example: You sustained a moderate to serious injury on the job, and your employer insists it didn’t happen while you were at work.
A settlement offer doesn’t meet all your needs.
An employer offering you a settlement might seem like a good sign — after all, they’re owning up to their fault and taking responsibility, right? Truthfully, while many employers have your best interests in mind and take your health seriously, others might actually be ripping you off in the process, hoping you’ll take the bait. A good indicator of whether you should contact a work injury lawyer is if your employer’s offer does not cover all your expenses, by which we mean medical bills and compensation for any lost wages (as in time you couldn’t work, due to your injury). If this is the case, your Topeka personal injury lawyer is the one you want to start talking to.
Non-example: Your employer takes time to ensure that you’re fully compensated for medical bills and lost wages.
Potential example: Your employer comes forward with an offer that covers some, but not all, of the damages and says “that’s the best I can do.”
You feel like you’re being punished after your injury.
Filing a workman’s comp claim is an essential step when you’re trying to get fair and appropriate compensation. However, some bosses start to retaliate as a result, either out of intimidation, fear, anger, or in attempts to persuade you to think otherwise. If your boss has lashed out at you, treated you differently, discriminated against you, cut your hours, or even fired you, it would be worth your time to speak with a personal injury lawyer. You don’t deserve to be treated this way in general, and certainly not when you’re only trying to get the justice you deserve. No one should be made to feel bad about trying to advocate for themselves.
Non-example: You were fooling around at work for the umpteenth time, sustained a minor injury and might have even caused other injuries to your coworkers, and you’ve been suspended from your job.
Potential example: You filed a workman’s comp claim, and your hours have suddenly been cut, and your boss is acting negatively and/or different towards you.
Roger Fincher, Attorney at Law is a personal injury lawyer who is dedicated to providing all workers in the Topeka area with the justice they deserve. If you feel you’ve been wronged and are trying to get the compensation you need to not only get by, but get better, our work injury lawyer can help. Schedule a free consultation today with Roger Fincher!