If you’re injured at work, even if it seems like a minor injury, you could be entitled to worker’s compensation for the injury. This compensation is intended to help you pay for medical bills for your injury as well as reasonable time off while you recover from the injury. It’s important to understand how to handle a worker’s compensation claim and to determine if you need to hire a personal injury attorney in Biloxi to help you with the claim.
Filing for Worker’s Compensation
Worker’s compensation is designed to be a way for anyone who is injured at work to receive compensation for their injuries to prevent them from losing out on money due to needing to pay medical bills or needing to take time off work to recover from their injuries. This compensation should be available to anyone who works at a qualifying business, even for minor injuries.
In general, worker’s compensation is provided to those who are injured at work and who did not cause their own injury. You cannot, for instance, receive worker’s compensation if you directly caused an accident with the intent to receive worker’s compensation and take time off work. You also may not be able to obtain worker’s compensation if you were under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the injury.
If you are injured at work, you will need to file a claim for workers compensation in Biloxi. Your employer should provide all the information you need to file a claim and should let you know about any policies you need to be aware of, such as which doctor you’ll need to visit if this is a requirement.
You should fill out the paperwork and visit a doctor for medical treatment. Even if you have a minor injury, you will need to make sure you follow the doctor’s instructions for when you can return to work and whether you’ll have any restrictions for a period of time after you return to work.
If you are seriously injured, you may not need to fill out the paperwork until after you have received medical attention. You will still want to adhere to the doctor’s recommendations for time off work to recover and what you can or cannot do when you return to work. If you are unable to return to work because of your injuries or you must take a significant amount of time off work to recover, it’s going to be a good idea to go ahead and speak with an attorney as quickly as possible to ensure you will receive the compensation you need.
Potential Denial of Worker’s Compensation
Companies must pay compensation to any worker who is injured while on the job and who otherwise qualifies for the compensation. Yet, there are many employers who will deny a claim unfairly. This saves them a lot of money because most employees do not know how to file an appeal or how to handle the appeal.
Instead, if you are denied compensation and you believe you are qualified for the compensation, you will want to hire a personal injury attorney in Biloxi. The attorney will review your injury, the doctor’s recommendations, and the worker’s compensation claim that was filed to determine if you should have received compensation for your injuries. If the attorney determines you were unfairly denied compensation, you could receive help from the attorney to file the appeal to obtain the compensation you need.
It is important you take this step as quickly as possible so you do not miss any deadlines for filing the appeal. Workers are often unfairly denied compensation, but you should still be able to receive the compensation through an appeal as long as you have legal assistance as quickly as possible.
Potential Low-Payout for the Injury
Another issue you’ll need to be aware of is the potential for a low payout for compensation. Instead of denying your claim completely, your employer may try to just limit the amount of money you can obtain. While you are limited to only the money you need to financially recover from the injury, they cannot reduce the amount further.
If you receive money through workers compensation in Biloxi and it is not sufficient to cover your medical expenses and your time off work, you will want to speak with an attorney quickly. The attorney can review your situation and give you the help you need to receive the remainder of the compensation you’re owed. There may be a time limit for how long you have to do this, so it’s a good idea to speak with an attorney as soon as you realize there may be an issue.
Choosing and Hiring an Attorney
If you are concerned with not being able to obtain compensation, receiving a low payout, or any other issue with workers compensation in Biloxi, it does not hurt to go ahead and speak with an attorney about your situation. In most cases, you’ll be able to have a free consultation with the attorney to determine if anything can be done and what the attorney can do for you.
It’s important for you to make sure you choose the right attorney and hire them quickly. You want an experienced attorney who is going to fight for you. You also want to make sure you hire the attorney as quickly as possible so you don’t miss out on potential compensation because you’ve missed a deadline.
If you’ve been injured at work and you feel you did not receive the full amount of compensation you should have or you were denied compensation, you’ll want to hire a personal injury attorney in Biloxi to help you. At Wetzel Law Firm, we have experience working with those who have been injured at work and who need assistance for a variety of reasons. Call our office today to set up your free consultation so you can learn more about your situation and how we can help you.
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