If you have been injured at work, workers’ compensation is one of the few ways to get help with medical bills and lost wages. Workers’ comp exists to help people recover and get back to work, but over the years several myths have developed that make people hesitate before filing a claim. The following list addresses three of the biggest lies people will tell you about workers’ comp.
Your employer is on your side
Your employer may be a great person who cares about their employees and treats you fairly. But in the end, employers must bend to the needs of the business. They are looking out for avoidable expenses, and that is exactly what your medical bills and lost earnings represent. Most states require employers to have workers’ compensation insurance for their employees, and to post a notice of that coverage at job sites. But even employers who comply often treat employees who file workers’ compensation benefit claims unfairly. It is illegal for employers to retaliate against employees who seek workers’ compensation; you need someone on your side.
The insurance company will help you
Insurance companies are businesses. They are looking to make money, and to do that they will try to get you back to work as cheaply as possible. The insurance company may try to deny your claim by disputing whether you were on the job when the injury happened or attempting to show you were violating a company policy. An experienced workers’ compensation attorney can help.
You don’t need a lawyer for a workers’ comp claim
Workers’ compensation is intended to be straightforward and provide help fast, but in practice, things can get complicated very quickly. Not only do you need a lawyer, but you also need to make sure you have a lawyer with specific experience in workers’ compensation. The attorneys at McCormick & Vilushis LLC can help you navigate the process and meet the necessary deadlines to get the help you need.
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