For many injured employees, the workers’ compensation claims process
might seem intimidating and some might not fully understand their rights.
If you sustained an injury while performing your job duties, it is imperative
that you know your rights, so you can better navigate this system and
obtain the benefits you deserve. Remember, workers’ compensation
does not only compensate those who sustain injuries in accidents. It also
covers aggravated pre-existing conditions, occupational illnesses, and
even psychological injuries.
To ensure you are on the right path toward obtaining the benefits you need
during your period of recovery, learn more about your rights as an injured worker.
Protecting Your Rights
One of the easiest steps you can take toward protecting your rights as
an injured worker is to report the injury to your employer as soon as
possible. It is best to report the injury on the day it happens, but if
this is not possible, try to do so within a few days of its occurrence.
Next, you should file a claim with the workers’ compensation court
or industrial court. These crucial steps essentially give your employer,
the court, and your employer’s insurance company a formal notice
of your injury. Once you file your claim, you will be afforded certain
Your Rights as an Injured Worker
While there are some variations in the rights of injured workers from state
to state, there are a number of legal rights that are typically common
in most states. This includes:
- Injured workers have the right to file a claim for an injury or illness
in workers’ compensation court or the state industrial court
- Injured workers have the right to see a doctor and seek medical treatment
- Injured workers have the right to return to work if released to return
by their doctor
- If an injured worker is unable to return to work due to his or her workplace
injury or illness, whether it be temporary or permanent, he or she has
the right to disability compensation
- If an injured worker disagrees with any decisions made by his or her employer,
the employer’s insurance company, or workers’ compensation
court, he or she has the right to appeal that decision
- Injured workers have the right to be represented by an attorney
Moreover, it is also your right to refuse certain requests or offers that
your employer might make to you. For example, if you are asked to use
your own health insurance to pay for your medical treatment, it is your
right to refuse this request. If your boss offers you an incentive to
dissuade you from filing a workers’ compensation claim, this is
illegal and it is also your right to refuse it.
Experienced Workers’ Compensation Attorneys in Cobb County
If you were injured at your place of work, it is your right to file for
workers’ compensation benefits to cover your medical expenses, a
percentage of your wages, and more. However, it is crucial to hire a skilled
workers’ compensation attorney to help you navigate this often complex process. At Chestnut
& Beller in Cobb County, our team of workers’ compensation attorneys
is dedicated to fighting on behalf of injured workers.
Get started on your workers’ compensation case today and
reach out to our award-winning team at (770) 285-5542 to request a free initial
case evaluation with one of our knowledgeable attorneys.