Workers Comp and Your Company
It might seem surprising, but not all employers have the best interest of their employees in mind. In fact, there are thousands of cases in the United States every year where employees were hurt on the job and their employer or their insurance company will use every trick in the book to prevent you from getting your benefits.
You might have noticed if you have ever been injured on the job that the first thing that happens is you get a drug test when you go to the clinic or hospital. The insurance company is immediately looking for a reason to be able to deny you the benefits that you deserve. So, if you drink regularly and get injured on the job don’t be surprised if getting benefits is an uphill battle.
The best thing you can do is hire a personal injury attorney immediately. Do not give a statement to your company’s insurance company or your HR director before contacting your legal representative. Words can come back to haunt you and threaten your benefits.
A good employer will typically be very open about their workers comp policy. Your HR department should provide any information you need to you or your attorney. Employers cannot fire you for suing them for workers comp malpractice, but more than likely your job will be in jeopardy and uncomfortable to you. A good attorney will take this into account when seeking you compensation.
Make sure you know your rights before you have an accident. The best defense you can have is knowing the rules of the game. Don’t let your employer allow you to get hurt while working for them and then not take care of your injuries.
You might have heard that it is foolish to go against the legal departments of major insurance companies and employers, but do not believe this. A good attorney can get you the benefits that you deserve.