An injury at work can wreak havoc on a person’s life. It may be difficult to pay medical bills and take care of family members; dealing with an employer and its insurer can be overwhelming. Kopelman Sitton Law Group has the knowledge and experience to protect injured workers’ rights to ensure they receive appropriate compensation necessary to pay bills and take care of their families.
Injured workers are entitled to receive lost wages and necessary medical treatment, including therapy, prescriptions, and any medical supplies required to treat their injuries. Workers who are temporarily disabled due to an on-the-job injury are entitled to receive disability payments. Those left with any permanent disability also are entitled to additional compensation.
Workplace injuries may include fractures, lost limbs, lacerations, head injuries, carpal tunnel syndrome, repetitive stress injuries, and injuries caused by other employees or equipment. Many workers who have suffered such injuries express concern that their employers will react negatively to them hiring an attorney. This is a legitimate concern; however, employers and their insurers — who have teams of attorneys on retainer and available at a moment’s notice — know that a worker who has capable legal counsel is far more likely to know how to protect himself or herself than is the unrepresented worker. As a result, it is the unrepresented injured worker, easy prey for employers and their insurers, who far more frequently falls victim to the strong-arm tactics that can be employed against an out-of-work employee who lacks the resources and knowledge to adequately protect himself or herself.
Injured workers should not, therefore, handle their workers’ compensation claims on their own. An employer will seek to protect its own rights, not the workers’. It is imperative that workers understand their legal rights, including their right to independent medical assessment, and how and when benefits must be paid. Our firm can ensure legal rights are not forfeited or unjustly withheld.