In every state in the country, employers are required to provide employees a reasonably safe and healthy work environment. Unfortunately, not all employers fulfill this duty and, as a result, employees sustain injuries that can range from mild to severe and life-altering. Whether you suffered a broken bone, aggravated pre-existing conditions, occupational illnesses, or even psychological injuries, you have rights that must be protected.
Here is what you need to know about protecting your rights if you are injured on the job:
First, it is important to know what rights you are afforded as an employee who has sustained injuries in the workplace. While there are some variations from state to state, the following are common rights across most states in the country:
- You have the right to file a claim for an injury or illness in a workers’ compensation court or at a state industrial court
- You have the right to visit a doctor and pursue medical treatment to recover from your injuries
- If your physician releases you to return to work, you have the right to resume working at your job
- If you are not able to return to work due to your injury or illness, regardless if it is permanent or temporary, you have the right to some form of disability compensation
- If you do not agree with a decision made by your employer, the employer’s insurance company, or even the workers’ compensation court, you usually have the right to appeal these decisions
- You have the right to obtain legal representation from an attorney throughout the entire process
Not only is it crucial to know your rights to act, but to understand your right to refuse requests or offers made to you. If your employer encourages you to use your own health insurance to pay for your medical treatment, you have the right to refuse. If he or she offers an incentive to persuade you against filing a claim, this is illegal.
Do not let your employer or their insurance company trample over your rights. Contact an attorney to get started on your case.
Marietta & Cobb County Workers’ Compensation Attorney
If you were injured on the job, you have a right to pursue fair and just compensation for the injuries you sustained. At Chestnut & Beller, we prioritize building relationships with our clients and, with us, your case will never be shuffled from one attorney to another. You will receive the attentive, custom-tailored service you deserve. Do not hesitate to reach out to us today.
Call our office at (770) 285-5542 to schedule a free consultation with a knowledgeable member of our firm.