Workers compensation claims can be difficult to navigate. But a workers comp claim can help you protect your financial future by ensuring you receive the compensation you need to cover medical bills and lost wages.
Here are a few common myths about workers compensation, and the facts you need to know.
Your Employer Is Not Involved
If you’ve been injured at work, you may think that your employer will be hands off. But your employer is required by law to be involved in the workers comp claim process.
They must prepare a report on the accident to send to their insurance company. They are also required to stay in contact with you and assist with any physical therapy until you are able to return to work.
Only A Select Few Injuries Qualify For Workers Comp
Many workers fear that their injury will not qualify for workers compensation benefits. Some may not file claims, and lose out on money that they need to pay for medical bills.
Any injury that occurs at work will qualify for a workers comp claim. The employer does not have to be negligent for you to file a claim. Anything from a minor fall to a severe accident can qualify you for workers comp benefits.
Independent Contractors Cannot Receive Workers Comp Benefits
If you work as an independent contractor, you may still be eligible to receive workers comp benefits.
Workers compensation law can be quite complicated, and there is not always a clear which independent contractors qualify. If you are not sure about whether you can file a workers comp claim, reach out to a workers comp attorney.
Filing A Workers Comp Claim Will Cost You Your Job
Many workers avoid filing workers comp claims, thinking they will upset their employer and put their job at risk. But workers compensation law was designed to protect you and ensure that you receive the compensation you’ll need to cover medical expenses and lost wages.
If your employer tries to fire you for filing a workers comp claim, you need to reach out to an workers comp attorney. They can protect your legal rights and take action against your employer.
You Can’t Contest A Workers Comp Decision
If your workers comp claim has been denied, you may still be able to get compensation for your injuries. You are allowed to appeal the decision, meaning you could possibly get another hearing.
At Glacier Law Firm, we can help prepare your case for appeal, as well as advise you on any other legal options you may have.