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You could be working in a factory, at a desk in an office, or out in the field.
You could be a driver, laborer, or an office clerk. Regardless, you could get hurt on the job. In many cases, this means you’d need to file a workers’ compensation claim.
Workers’ compensation coverage is supposed to do the following: You get hurt on the job and can’t work, so you file a claim for benefits, and you get some level of compensation.
In exchange, your employer and coworkers are off-the-hook for liability for your on-the-job injury — you can’t sue them, in most cases, but you’re still getting something out of it. This is generally how workers’ compensation is supposed to function.
However, it doesn’t always work like that. Insurance companies or employers sometimes try to deny and/or minimize the benefits paid out to employees injured on the job. They might allege that workers’ injuries developed while they weren’t on the job or that workers’ injuries aren’t as serious as the worker says.
The process of recovering workers’ compensation benefits can be time-consuming and frustrating, but an experienced workers’ compensation attorney could make it easier for you.
What Does a Workers’ Compensation Attorney Do?
Our attorneys at NPN LAW help workers who were injured on the job and were denied their workers comp claims. Using our experience advocating for workers, we help them navigate the process of trying to recover the money they might rightfully be owed.
Our attorneys handle on-the-job injury claims involving, but not limited to, the following:
- Muscular injuries, broken bones, torn ligaments, torn rotator cuffs, and herniated disks from lifting, pushing, or other actions;
- Sickness from exposure to toxins, including occupational diseases like mesothelioma or Black Lung;
- Head injuries like concussions or traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) from falling objects or falls;
- Tendonitis or other repetitive motion injuries;
- Construction accidents;
- Hearing loss or damage;
- Cold and heat stress or burn injuries from accidents like electrocution; and
- Assorted injuries to the back, spinal cord, shoulder, eyes, knees, neck, hip, respiratory organs, ankles, wrists, feet, and hands.
- Third-party claims: Although workers’ compensation is typically no-fault, employees injured on-the-job by products or machinery could sue the manufacturer of those items to obtain compensation in court (in addition to their filing a standard workers’ compensation claim).
These injuries may be the result of unavoidable accidents, dangerous working environments, inadequate training, or faulty machinery. Under workers’ compensation, however, employees are not required to prove the reason that their injury occurred, as workers’ compensation is a no-fault system that compensates injured workers without regard to negligence or fault.
Workers’ Compensation Claims: Eligibility and Filing
The majority of unintentional injuries, diseases, illnesses, accidents, and deaths occurring in the workplace are covered by workers’ compensation laws. Importantly, because workers’ compensation is a no-fault system, workers are not required to prove fault for their injuries to recover benefits.
When first reporting the accident, the injured worker should provide specific details, such as:
- Names of witnesses;
- Location of accident;
- Cause of accident; and
- Time and date of the accident and injury.
At NPN LAW we investigate all work injuries for other potential avenues of recovery for the client including exceptions which may provide the employee the right to file a lawsuit for injuries suffered rather than being limited to only the worker’s compensation recovery.
Other Practice Areas
If you are a tenant that lives in a unit which has violations from government agencies, you may have a claim against your landlord for collecting rent while these violations persist. At NPN Law we routinely represent tenants who live in residences which have been violated by health, housing, building and safety departments. We can help to subpoena these files from government agencies so that the tenant is aware of the problems with the rental unit.read more
Prior to renting a unit the unit must have a certificate of occupancy. Common examples of unpermitted units include: Converted garages, Converted closets, Unpermitted building additions. If you live in any of these types of units you may be entitled to a return of the rent that you have paid.read more
It is illegal for a landlord to retaliate against a tenant for exerting their legal rights such as complaining to a government agency regarding the conditions of the tenant’s residence. If you have complained to your landlord or a government agency regarding the conditions of your residence and the landlord has thereafter sought to evict you contact NPN Law to protect your rights. You may be entitled to damages for the landlord’s retaliation.read more
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