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Things You Should Know About Worker’s Compensation

While worker’s compensation is a rather sad subject it’s unfortunately a common one for many people. Understanding what les you apply for worker’s compensation, key information, and the after effects is important to making sure you can get the money you need after an injury. Here’s a quick look at some things you should know about worker’s compensation.

Qualifying

The first important part about worker’s compensation is knowing when you qualify to receive these funds and when you’re unable to receive any. The main point everyone understands is that worker’s compensation covers anyone who was accidentally injured on the job however, there are some gray areas to be concerned about. The policy between employers can vary slightly but contractors are where the main area resides. Since contractors are outside entities they’re generally not covered under an organizations worker’s compensation.

Receiving Worker’s Compensation

After an injury has occurred to receive worker’s compensation you need to complete a few things in order to actually receive any money. If you have been subject to an accidental injury you should:

  1. Inform your supervisor immediately
  2. Seek medical attention
  3. Contact your attorney to begin the filing process

From there your attorney can guide you through the steps from there and then your employer can begin paying your worker’s compensation for the duration you’re injured.

I’m Injured, What Happens Next?

At this point a lot of questions begin popping up which we’ll try and answer for you one by one.

Can I be fired while on worker’s compensation?

Normally speaking you will not be able to be fired during a time you are laid up on worker’s compensation however, there are some circumstances your employer can fill your former position. This can be on the grounds that the position is a needed one for the company to operate or if you will be medically unable to return to your previous position in which case other actions can be taken.

What if my injuries stop me from being able to work my normal position?

While an employer can’t leave you completely unsupported in this case they are not forced to offer you an alternative position in their business. In the case that you don’t get a new position the employer will usually help with vocational rehabilitation to get you integrated back in the workforce.

What if someone else was involved?

While negligence on the part of the employee and business are generally not taken into account you’re still able to pursue any negligent 3rd party in court if they were involved in your injury.

If you have any more questions regarding worker’s compensation, don’t hesitate to contact us online or call us at 414-436-3212 for a free consultation!

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