Suffering an injury on the job can be one of the most devastating experiences of a person’s life. It is common for workplace injuries to be very severe, requiring expensive medical treatments and possibly causing you to miss work for an extended period of time. Fortunately, if you’ve been hurt on the job, you have the option for filing a workers’ compensation claim.
Workers’ compensation is meant to support injured workers until their injuries have healed to the point where they can return to work. Unfortunately, some claims are denied, making it a good idea to learn more about the workers’ compensation claim process. Find out what you can do after you’ve been hurt on the job and learn how to protect your rights with the help of a South Carolina workers’ compensation lawyer.
Protect Your Rights
After you’ve suffered a workplace injury, it’s important that you act as quickly as possible to protect your rights. This means that you need to report your injury to your employer as soon as possible after it has occurred. Workers’ compensation often places a time limit for reporting injuries, and notifying your employer right away will help make sure you can file your claim.
Once your employer has been notified, you should file a claim with the workers’ comp board or court in your state. When a claim is filed, you are granted automatic legal protections that make moving through your claim much easier.
When you’re moving through the workers’ comp claim process, it’s crucial that you understand that automatic legal protections that you have been granted. If you don’t understand these protections, it can be easy to be taken advantage of and lose out on your claim.
First, you have the right to file a claim for your workplace injury. Second, you are entitled to be examined by a doctor and to receive treatment. Third, you have the right to return to work after being cleared by your doctor. Fourth, if you cannot return to work, even temporarily, you have the right to pursue disability benefits. Fifth, you have the right to appeal any decision made by your employer, their insurer, or the workers’ comp court. Finally, you are entitled to legal representation from a workers’ compensation lawyer.
You also have the right to refuse certain requests made by your employer. This can include requests to use your own insurance or requests that you do not file your claim.
Depending on the circumstances of your accident, you may be able to file a third-party claim. For example, if you were hurt due to the negligence of a fellow employee or by a defective product, you can usually file a lawsuit. The benefit of these suits is being able to pursue damages for your injury, which are generally not available in workers’ comp claims.
Consult a Workers’ Compensation Lawyer
When you’ve suffered an on the job injury, you need your workers’ compensation benefits to support yourself and your family until you can return to work. During the claims process, make sure your rights are protected by hiring a workers’ compensation lawyer from Harris & Graves, Personal Injury Attorneys.
The professionals at Harris & Graves understand the complexities of the workers’ comp system. We can guide you through your claim and help you appeal any unfavorable decision. We can also help you plan a third-party claim if you are eligible. Contact us today to discuss the facts of your case.