Employees who are injured in a workplace accident have certain legal protections, but also certain legal restrictions. Employers in most states are required to hold workers’ compensation insurance, which protects them from personal injury lawsuits while also protecting the injured employee’s right to compensation.
This system has certain advantages and disadvantages for the employee. A workers’ compensation claim is a much quicker and simpler solution to a workplace injury than a lawsuit, which can often take months or even years before the employee receives any compensation. Many employees can’t wait that long, especially if the injury has left them out of work.
Another advantage for both the employee and the employer is that workers’ compensation is a no-fault system. That means that even if the employer is not at fault for the accident, the employee can still be compensated in most cases. This can be an advantage for the employer as well, because even if the accident was due to negligence, the employer is protected from litigation.
Despite this, there are still times when a lawsuit is necessary to collect compensation. An unscrupulous employer may delay or obstruct a legitimate workers’ compensation claim, which is grounds for a lawsuit regardless of the circumstances surrounding the injury.
Many employees may not know how to handle this kind of retaliation from an employer. The aftermath of an accident can be stressful and chaotic enough without this kind of complication. In this situation, legal counsel is often needed.
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Katherine has years of experience in both personal injury cases and workers’ compensation cases. She has represented many clients in court, fighting to get them the compensation they were denied, and has helped many others navigate their legal problems after a workplace injury.
No matter what your legal problem is, Katherine will guide you through every step of the process, whether you need legal representation or just advice.
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