While most people don’t love the idea of suing employer for injury, there are times when it’s necessary. In the middle of the worker’s compensation process, it can be tricky to know if you’re on the right track, or you need professional help. Here are some common scenarios where it’s appropriate to get a lawyer involved to help your case.
You’re a Victim of Retaliation
Let’s start with the most extreme example. If you are fired or demoted after reporting an injury at work, you are facing retaliation, and that is illegal. Employers cannot use an injury as an excuse to fire or demote a worker. A lawyer can evaluate the situation and advise you of your rights and whether suing the employer for injury is a good course of action.
You Don’t Know Where Your Case Stands or Your Case is Denied
Sometimes, workers compensation cases take a long time to be settled. If you have been waiting and aren’t sure if your claim has been accepted or denied, or you can’t seem to get a straight answer, seek legal counsel.
You’re Not Receiving Your Proper Wages
If your case has been approved, but you are not receiving full wages and/or agreed upon back pay, you need a lawyer to try to sort out the issue. Oftentimes, just being contacted by a lawyer will scare a company into doing the right thing, and you may not even need to consider suing the employer for the injury.
You’re Offered a Settlement
You should be wary if your employer offers you a settlement. They may realize you are owed quite a bit more and are trying to avoid paying. If you accept, you may waive your rights to pursue what you are owed in the future, so have a lawyer evaluate their proposal and advise you.
Workers compensation laws are generally very clear and favor the employee over the employer. Legal experts can help you get fair treatment after an injury.