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:
Protecting Your Rights
One of the easiest steps you can take toward protecting your rights is to report the incident and your injuries 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. These crucial steps essentially give your employer, the court, and your employer’s insurance company a formal notice of your injury.
Your Rights as an Injured Worker
While there are some variations in the rights of injured workers depending on the state you are in, there are a number of legal rights that are typically common in most states. This includes:
- An Injured worker has a right to file a workers' compensation claim
- An Injured worker has a right to seek medical treatment
- An Injured worker has a right return to work if released by a doctor
- If an injured worker is unable to resume his or her job due to the workplace injury or illness, whether it be temporary or permanent, the worker has a right to disability compensation
- If an injured worker does not agree with the decisions made by his or her employer, the employer’s insurance company, or workers’ compensation court, he or she has can appeal their decision
- An Injured worker has a right to obtain legal representation
Moreover, it is also your right to refuse any requests or offers made by your employer. For example, if you are asked to use your own health insurance to pay for your doctor visits, it is your right to refuse this request. If your boss attempts to offer you an incentive to dissuade you from filing a workers’ compensation claim, this is against the law and it is also your right to refuse it.
Experienced Workers’ Compensation Attorneys in Cobb County
If you were injured in the workplace, 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 workers’ compensation attorneys are dedicated to standing up for workers' rights.
Begin your workers’ compensation claim today and reach out to our award-winning team at (770) 285-5542 to request a free case review with one of our knowledgeable attorneys.