According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor, every day in the U.S., more than 12 people die due to work-related accidents or diseases. Every year, more than four million suffer from a serious job-related disease or injury. If you were injured or became ill due to conditions at work, you need to file a claim for workers’ compensation benefits.
Your medical bills pile up at the same time you are losing wages due to not being able to work. Workers’ compensation insurance was designed for just such a situation.
The purpose of workers’ compensation is to simplify the process whereby an injured worker can be compensated. You, the worker, do not have to prove your illness or injury was the fault of your employer’s negligence. In return, your employer may not claim that your negligence was the cause of, or contributed to, your injury or illness.
Work Injury Law Offices of Edward J. Singer
Although the law does not require you to have an attorney prepare your workers’ compensation claim, insurance companies have a reputation for making a low settlement offer to those who are not represented by legal counsel. They know you are in a jam and need money. You may tempted to take the offer as your medical bills pile up and you are late paying your rent or mortgage. But, there are some areas for which you deserve compensation that you may not think of. For example, some damages to which you may be entitled include:
- Wages you are losing currently due to your inability to work as well as wages you may lose in the future if you are unable to return to your former type of employment.
- Medical bills, both current and future.
- Long-term nursing care if required.
- Physical rehabilitation.
- Job retraining and rehabilitation if your injury prevents you from returning to your former career.
Possible Third Party Claims
Even though workers’ compensation law prevents you from suing your employer for your injuries, if a third party’s negligence was responsible for your injury, you may have what is called a third-party claim against the responsible entity. For example, if you were using a tool at work that was defective, you may have a claim against the manufacturer for putting the defective product on the market or for failing to properly warn about potential dangers.
Attorney Edward Singer, a workers’ compensation attorney, has more than 23 years of experience representing injured workers in Southern California. He will zealously represent you to be sure that you obtain all the benefits to which you are entitled.