Going to work is one of the most routine tasks that most people will do on a regular basis. However, it is possible for accidents to happen, and these may result in extremely expensive medical bills and other costs. While employers are legally obligated to have worker's compensation insurance for every employee they have, injured workers are unlikely to fully understand these policies. As a result, if you have recently been injured in an on-the-job accident, it is important that you understand the truth behind a couple of relatively common myths.
Myth: You Can Not Return to Work Until You Have Fully Healed
When someone has been forced off the job due to an injury, there is a strong chance that they want to return to work as soon as possible. While these insurance policies will pay you the average weekly salary that you have earned for the previous year, these may be less than what you were used to working.
Luckily, you may not have to wait until you have fully healed to return to limited activity in the workplace. Once you have been cleared by the doctor, you may request to return for limited duties. While it is up to the business whether to accommodate this request, many will want the worker back as soon as possible, and they may make arrangements for the recovering employee.
Myth: An Attorney Will Take Most of the Worker's Compensation Claim if You Hire One
Sadly, there may be instances where the insurance company will resist paying you the compensation that you are entitled. When this happens, it may be necessary to hire an aggressive attorney to represent you before a court of law to settle the matter. Unfortunately, there are some people that may not attempt to fight these problems because they assume that an attorney would be extremely expensive to hire.
Fortunately, this is not the case, and there are actually laws in place that limit the amount of compensation attorneys can accept for this type of case. However, you may have difficulty determining what this percentage will be because the laws can vary based on the region and the type of injury that was incurred. Due to this, it is best for you to speak with an attorney before you make any decision about how to pursue the matter.
Suffering a work related injury can be a devastating problem for a person to go through. Luckily, workers have rights in these instances, and are entitled to be compensated for any costs that occurred due to these injuries. By understanding the facts behind these misconceptions, you will be better equipped to make informed decisions for your needs. To learn more, contact Arrington Schelin & Munsey PC.