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Workers’ Compensation

5 Frequently Asked Questions About Workers’ Compensation:

1.) What should I do if I’m injured at work?

Remember, your health is the most important thing. See a doctor and notify your supervisor as soon as possible, in writing. For injuries that develop over time, you may have between one and four years to file a claim depending on the state where the injury occurred.

2.) What is workers’ compensation?

Workers’ compensation is a no fault system that was put into place to provide employees compensation if they are injured at work. All employers are required too have workers’ compensation for their employees, with some exclusions including those for independent contractors.

3.) Should I sue my employer for a work injury?

No, in general, you cannot sue your employer for a work injury. The workers’ compensation system was put in place for this reason, to limit litigation and setup a process for the provision of benefits.

4.) When should I hire a workers’ compensation lawyer?

It’s best to consult an attorney as soon as possible. A knowledgeable attorney in this field can research your claim and answer your questions. Having an attorney will also help ensure you get a fair settlement.

5.) What does it cost to consult an attorney?

Most attorneys will give you a free consultation. It’s not always necessary to file a lawsuit but it doesn’t hurt to talk to an attorney to find out your options and to protect your interests.