It can often be difficult to get noticed at work. This is especially true if you work in a big company or at a location that has a lot of employees. But no one wants to do his or her job without getting some sort of recognition. It can be frustrating going in every day and working hard, and to your supervisors or upper management, you are just another face in the crowd. Frequently, this can lead to workers trying to do things to make a big impression. This could involve working through lunch or staying late, for instance. Or perhaps they will go in on a Saturday or agree to come in on a day off.
There are also other things workers do to get attention, things that, in retrospect, they wish they had not done. For example, maybe a product was needed in a store or warehouse on a high shelf. Instead of using a forklift or other proper piece of equipment, an employee decided that he could climb up there and get it himself. This can be extremely dangerous and possibly even life threatening. And while in that circumstance, the worker decided to do something reckless, often people get hurt on the job just by performing their regular duties or due to something they were specifically asked to do. The only good news is that if their injuries were severe enough to warrant medical attention, workers’ compensation is available.
How Do You Know if You Qualify for Workers’ Compensation?
If you were injured on the job or even away from the job in a capacity that was work-related, you very well may be eligible for workers’ compensation. The first thing you have to do is tell your manager or supervisor right away. In most states, you need to explain your injury in writing. If you go to a hospital or emergency clinic, you also have to make sure that someone at your company knows about it and that the medical professionals you see understand that the injury was related to your job. Your workers’ compensation should be able to cover all of your medical bills.
On top of that, if you have to miss work, your salary will also be taken care of until you can return, as long your workers’ compensation claim is accepted. However, if there is any type of dispute from your employer over the accident that caused your injury, the medical treatment, or anything else, you may need to hire a workers’ compensation lawyer. An experienced lawyer will work hard to get the workers’ compensation you deserve. In addition, if your employer has decided to retaliate by cutting your hours or with a similar tactic, your lawyer will step in to help.
Getting hurt at work can be scary. The important thing is that you get the necessary medical attention as quickly as possible. If you are having difficulty with your employer or with obtaining workers’ compensation for your injury, contact Merritt Webb. We will do everything we can to make sure you receive all of the benefits that you deserve.