Workplace Accident Claim Frequently Asked Questions
It is not uncommon for employers to try to minimize injuries and deny responsibility for workplace accidents. When injury claims are filed, employers will often try to settle the claims for far less than they are worth. Sometimes the only way to get a fair settlement is to contact a lawyer.
Listed below are some common questions we hear from people injured at work.
What should I do if I was injured while on the job?
The first thing you should do if you are injured on the job is to seek medical attention. Even something that might seem like a minor injury at the time may turn out to be worse than you thought. The longer you wait to seek medical attention, the more likely it is that the insurance company will claim it was something other than the workplace accident that caused your injury and will attempt to deny your claim. After seeking medical treatment, notify your employer as soon as possible.
How much is my workplace accident claim worth?
As with all types of injury claims, the value of your workplace accident claim depends on the severity of your injury and the circumstances surrounding the accident. You can file for damages to cover lost wages, medical bills, and pain and suffering as part of your claim.
How long will it take to resolve my claim?
The length of time it takes to settle a case depends on how many people are involved and the complexity of the case. As a general rule, most cases are settled within six months to two years.
Is it legal for my employer to prevent me from reporting my injury?
No. If your employer stops you from reporting your injury or threatens retaliation, you should call us at Zychowicz Law, right away. Employers are often reluctant to report injuries because it usually leads to safety inspections and could result in fines or increased insurance rates for the business.
Can I file a claim if I have workers’ compensation insurance?
Depending on who or what caused your injury, you may be able to file a claim in addition to your workers’ compensation claim. Lawsuits are often filed for injuries caused by other subcontractors or visitors to the workplace, defective equipment, or other things outside of the control of your employer. Even if you think you don’t have a case, it is always worth having a lawyer look at your situation to give you their opinion.
If workers’ compensation has given me benefits for my injury, can I still file a lawsuit in addition to my other benefits?
Yes. As long as the person or business you are suing is not your employer, you can sue them and receive workers’ compensation benefits.
If You Were Injured While On The Job, Call Zychowicz Law
If you have questions about filing a claim for your on-the-job injury, contact Zychowicz Law, now to set up an initial consultation to discuss your accident. Call 419-842-1166 or fill out our online contact form.