What Are My Rights if I’m Injured On the Job?

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You do have rights if you are injured on the job, and you cannot let an employer or anyone else deny you those rights. Our Middlesex County workplace accident attorneys can help you figure out what to do after an accident and tell you what you should do to secure the compensation that you deserve. There is no reason why you should be on the hook for medical expenses and other costs stemming from a workplace accident.

What Should I Do If I’m Injured On the Job?

When you get injured on the job, the first step should be reporting that injury to your boss. If you do not report the injury right away, your employer might try to say that your injury did not happen at the workplace. They could claim that you are lying about an injury that took place outside of work hours so that you can take advantage of their workers’ compensation insurance.

Can I Sue After Getting Injured on the Job?

When you get injured on the job you do have the right to sue for workers’ comp. As long as you submit a report to your employer right away, you should be able to pursue a workers’ compensation claim. You have a right to a hearing, so do not let your employer convince you to drop this or just use your own medical insurance to pay your bills.

You also may have the option to sue a third party. If someone else contributed to your accident, then you can sue them for compensation even if you have filed for workers’ comp. A good example of this involves faulty equipment. If you get hurt while using a piece of equipment at work and later find out that this machinery was defective in some way, you may want to sue the manufacturer.

This can be a good idea even if your workers’ comp claim is processed without an issue. Workers’ compensation helps with lost wages and medical bills, but it does not address non-economic damages like pain and suffering. The compensation from a third-party injury claim can help make up for that.

Can You Appeal a Denied Workers’ Comp Claim?

You also have the right to appeal a denied workers’ compensation claim. You have a right to retain a lawyer as well. You can hire a lawyer at the beginning of this process or once a claim has been denied. We can help you fight for the compensation you deserve after your claim is denied.

Talk to a Personal Injury Attorney Today

If you are confused about your rights or your legal options, contact Stathis & Leonardis. We can schedule a consultation and tell you more about what should happen after you get injured on the job. We are ready to advocate for you when you file a third-party injury claim or apply for workers’ comp.

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