If you have been recently injured at work, you are probably concerned about rising medical bills as well as covering wages lost due to your injury. Your employer is legally required to have workers’ compensation insurance in order to deal with precisely this kind of contingency. I can help ensure that you receive the maximum benefits to which you are entitled under state law.
Filing for workers’ compensation benefits is in practice much like filing any other kind of insurance claim; however, as a skilled Alabama workers’ compensation attorney,
What is Workers’ Compensation?
The system of workers’ compensation was established in order to protect employers from litigation and to provide for employees in the event of a disabling injury. When you agreed to participate in the workers’ compensation system at your time of hire, you surrendered your right to sue your employer directly following an injurious accident in exchange for being eligible to receive financial benefits. This is usually true whether or not you were responsible for the injury, as long as it occurred in the workplace. However, worker’s compensation does not provide any such legal protection for third parties who may have contributed to your lawsuit, such as manufacturers of malfunctioning equipment. I can assist you in identifying third parties whose negligence may have contributed to your injury and help you litigate against them if necessary.
Types of workers’ compensation injuries
Worker’s compensation can cover injuries such as back pain or other musculoskeletal issues as long as you can demonstrate that the injury arose while you were on the job. It can also provide benefits should you contract a disease, assuming that the disease was caused by vocational pathogens or carcinogens. Disabling psychological conditions such as severe depression can be covered by workers’ compensation laws if they arise as a result of the work environment. During your consultation, we can determine whether or not you are eligible for benefits based on the kind of injury you have sustained.
After a workplace injury takes place, you should seek medical care and report the injury to your employer. I can assist you in filling out your claim form, if possible. By working together from the outset, I can keep your employer from denying your claim and help you make sure that your benefit payments are on time. Employers have been known to defraud their employees following an injury by appropriating their benefits. Don’t let this happen to you! You should be legally covered for all medical treatment and at least some portion of your weekly wages following an insurance claim. Remember that your employer’s insurance company stays in business by paying out as few claims as possible. If you decide to face a claims examiner without having a qualified workers’ compensation lawyer by your side, the odds will not be in your favor. Don’t take chances – your health and your family’s peace of mind are too important. Contact us today for a free consultation regarding your workplace injury.
Federal Employers’ Liability Act
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For answers to some frequently asked questions regarding injuries in the workplace, visit our Workers’ Compensation FAQ page.
To speak with a dedicated Alabama workers’ comp lawyer, call the Law Office of Gary Fillingim, L.L.C. at (251) 445-7257 or fill out the online form provided for a prompt response.