Atlanta, Georgia (PRWEB) May 08, 2014
Although the number of workplace injuries has fallen since 2011, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the risk of injury or illness remains high for employees in air transportation, public sector construction, nursing homes, and some other jobs.
Individuals injured while on the job may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. Depending on the severity of the injury, employers could be held liable for lost wages, medical expenses, rehabilitation costs, and benefits to dependents.
Individuals should take these steps after a workplace injury to ensure a claim is properly established:
- Notify the employer of the injury in writing within 30 days of the accident. Delaying this step could eliminate the benefits an individual is owed in a workers’ compensation case.
- Seek medical attention immediately. The involved physician should know the accident was sustained at the workplace or while on the job.
- Keep a detailed record of the accident, including the injury report filed to the employer and medical records from treatment.
- Document the injury and site of accident with photographic evidence, if possible.
- Gather witness statements and collect names and phone numbers for future contact.
- Employees seeking workers’ compensation benefits are given one year from the date of injury to file a claim. However, many injured employees lack the legal expertise to win their workers’ compensation case.
McAleer Law firmly recommends seeking the services of experienced workers’ compensation attorneys that know individual legal rights and how they apply to a case. Individuals who find themselves in any of the below situations should call McAleer Law at 404.McAleer to talk with a legal expert:
- If unsure about which information should be included in a workers’ compensation claim.
- If a legal claim has been denied or disputed by an employer.
- If medical treatment has been neglected due to cost.
- If medical care receiving for a workplace injury is dissatisfactory.
- If an injury has prevented return to work.
- If a workplace injury has caused termination of employment.
- If an employer insisted the employee return to work, despite the inability of that employee to perform the job due to injury.
- If an employer promised workers’ compensation benefits, but never paid.
If individuals are injured while on the job, their families may depend on the money they receive in a workers’ compensation case. Don’t take chances on the appeal and give McAleer Law a call to guarantee expert legal advice.
About McAleer Law:
McAleer Law—Decatur, Georgia’s preeminent personal injury, worker’s compensation, and Social Security Disability firm—has been representing plaintiffs and injured workers for more than ten years. Specializing in lost wage, medical expense, pain/suffering, lost quality of life, and psychological injury cases, founder Charles McAleer guarantees his clients personal attention, diligence, and unparalleled service quality. For more information on Charles McAleer and the McAleer Law Firm visit http://www.McAleerLaw.com, “like” McAleer Law on Facebook, or follow @McAleerLawFirm on Twitter.