Workers Compensation Attorney

Whether you work on a factory’s assembly line, construction site, or in an office setting, there’s always the possibility of getting hurt. Getting hurt on the job is, of course, never fun, but filing a workers compensation claim is far less fun. Worse, filing can become an even more frustrating and difficult process if you’re not aware of a couple important factors beforehand.

That’s where having a workers compensation attorney by your side can be an invaluable component. In 2011, benefit payments under workers’ compensation programs totaled $60.2 billion. At the Law Offices of Robert E. Wisniewski, we pride ourselves in being a workers compensation law firm with a team of professional workers compensation lawyers to help protect your rights and deliver you the settlement you deserve in the unfortunate event you’re hurt on the job.

There were approximately 327,060 job-related sprains, strains, and tears in 2013 alone. While we recommend that you give us a call and talk to a workers compensation attorney as soon as possible in the event you’re hurt on the job, here are a couple things everyone should generally be aware of.

  1. Immediately Inform Employer of Incident: This is one of the most common mistakes people make after being involved in an incident that could lead to injury at work. For various reasons, many people fail to report injuries/accidents right after they happen, but this is not the time to test your toughness. While specific laws vary by state in regards to the time you have to report an incident, it’s best to do so sooner rather than later. Even if you don’t think the injury is that serious, just having a record of report can go a long way if something develops.
  2. Failing to Properly Describe Injury to Doctor: This is something you really have to be aware of when you do decide to report an injury and you’re given the subsequent examination by a medical professional. Don’t try to do the doctor’s job for them. This is not to say you should lie, deceive, or otherwise act untruthfully, but you also shouldn’t try to sound like a hero.

    The way you describe the pain and injury can be used for, or against you later on in the process. For example, even saying something as innocuous sounding as “It wasn’t that painful, I guess. I mean I was able to shake it off and ended up finishing my shift before I reported it. I don’t think it’s a very serious injury” could be potentially harmful in the case your workers compensation attorney will ultimately attempt to prove.

    A better way to explain that same scenario would be something like “While I was able to tough it out and finish my shift before deciding I might have injured myself, it was painful.” Again, no need to try to make any determinations or diagnoses of your own. Let the medical professional do their job and you just answer the questions truthfully.

  3. The Insurance Adjuster is Not Your Friend: This isn’t to say that he’s your enemy either. It’s just important to understand what an insurance adjuster’s goal is and how it differs from your needs. The fact of the matter is that insurance companies make money by collecting money, not paying it out. This is not to make nefarious accusations, but it would be naive to think that every insurance adjuster is always looking out for your best interest. There are a lot of grey areas when it comes to workers compensation claims and settlements. They will likely lean on the side of the insurance company, which is why you need a workers compensation attorney to do the same for you.

In 2013, there were approximately 917,100 occupational injuries and illnesses that resulted in missed days of work. If you’ve been involved in a workplace injury, call our offices today to find out how we can help.