If you’ve been injured in a workplace accident, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. Although the workers’ compensation system is intended to provide critical support to those who’ve suffered workplace injuries, it may fail to provide benefits commensurate with the difficulties brought about by the injury. In cases where the system fails workers, an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer can often bring about a better resolution.
Below, the personal injury attorneys at Bothe And Lauridsen of Columbia Falls, Montana, help explain when you should call a lawyer following a workplace accident.
After You Report The Incident To Your Employer
The first step after any workplace accident is to report the incident to your supervisor and follow your employer’s policies regarding accidents. In most cases, your employer will quickly file a workers’ compensation claim with their insurance company on your behalf without any difficulty.
After You See A Doctor
If the workplace injury is extremely serious, you should visit the emergency room immediately. For injuries that don’t require emergency attention, tell your employer you would like to see a doctor about the injury, and ask if they require you to visit a particular doctor. If you didn’t notice symptoms of the injury right away but they manifest later, tell your employer and visit a doctor as soon as you encounter any complications.
Call A Lawyer If Anything Goes Wrong
Workers’ compensation law typically protects employers from lawsuits relating to workplace accidents. However, in some cases, an attorney can help with a claim or with a lawsuit if there has been serious malfeasance or if there is a third party involved in the incident.
Many workers’ compensation attorneys will offer a free initial consultation, so it’s worthwhile to at least meet with a lawyer if your employer denies your claim or if your compensation offer does not sufficiently cover the cost of your injuries and any lost time at work. And if you face retaliation from your employer after filing your claim, contact an attorney immediately.
If you’ve been injured in a workplace accident in Columbia Falls, Montana, call Bothe And Lauridsen to speak with a workers’ compensation lawyer you can trust to advocate on your behalf. With over a century of combined legal experience, Bothe And Lauridsen have the expertise to earn the settlement you deserve for any personal injury or workers’ compensation case. Visit the website for more information or call (406) 892-2193 today to schedule a consultation.