As you may know, the law requires your employer to carry workers’ compensation insurance. “Workers’ comp” is intended to cover the costs of any injury you may sustain in the course of doing your job. In particularly serious instances, chemical exposure or dangerous tasks at work may have caused life-altering medical conditions, or even death.
Nevertheless, even if your injury was simply the aggravation of a previous one, was sustained at a company event, or was caused by faulty office equipment, the law may still provide for your compensation.
Worker’s comp does not require you and your attorney to prove the employer’s negligence, so it is typically a faster and simpler process than most other personal injury cases.
However, since the negligence requirement is eliminated, it is not possible to collect money for suffering or for other damages that are not medical costs or lost earnings/earning potential. Contact one of our personal injury experts today at Bridge Law to learn more about workers’ comp claims, and other ways to pursue compensation for your work-related injury.
L&I Claims: Workers’ & Employers’ Rights
Laws vary state to state, but generally speaking, there are a number of legal rights that are common across most states:
- You have the right to file a claim for your injury or illness in workers compensation court or the state industrial court.
- You have the right to see a doctor and to pursue medical treatment.
- You have the right to return to your job, if you are released by your physician.
- You have the right to some type of disability compensation if you are unable to return to work because of your injury or illness.
- You have the right to be represented by a lawyer throughout the process.