Workers Compensation Law FAQ

1. Q. What is worker's compensation law?

A. Workers compensation law governs the statutes regarding worker's compensation as well as the enforcement of those laws. It also governs the breaking of those laws and the penalties incurred as a result of.

2. Q. How do I know if I'm entitled to worker's compensation?

A. Worker's compensation should be paid if an employee is injured on the job while performing work-related tasks or even away from the site of employment while on a job-related errand. If you have been injured while performing these tasks, you are probably entitled to worker's compensation.

3. Q. Do I have to visit a doctor to prove that I am truly injured in order to receive worker's compensation?

A. Typically, yes you do have to visit a doctor. It may be a doctor selected by the employer's insurance company. It is important to contact a workers compensation law attorney to ensure that you are protected.

4. Q. What if the insurance company's doctor says I am well, but I really don't feel well?

A. If you feel as if the insurance company's doctor made a mistake, you should take notes so that you remember the situation exactly. It may be that the doctor didn't perform a thorough enough exam or something else – which could help you prove that you truly do deserve worker's compensation benefits.

5. Q. Should I hire a worker's compensation law attorney?

A. It is advisable for you to hire a worker's compensation attorney. Even if you don't end up needing the services, you can find out exactly what worker's compensation is and whether or not you are entitled to it. A worker's compensation attorney will ensure that you are protected and that your rights are protected.

6. Q. What is the first thing I should do if I'm injured on the job?

A. The first thing you should do is alert your employer. He or she will have the necessary forms you need to fill out in order to file for worker's compensation. You may have to submit to a drug or alcohol test. The employer will file the claim with his or her insurance agency.

7. Q. Is there a time limit for filing for worker's compensation?

A. While the official time limit may vary from state to state or company to company, the general time will be around a month or 30 days. If you feel that you have been injured on the job, you should file immediately.

8. Q. What should I do if I have been turned down for worker's compensation?

A. If you have been turned down for worker's compensation, you do have the right to appeal and be heard by a worker's compensation judge. It's important that you contact an attorney to help fight for your rights.

9. Q. Can my employer fire me for filing worker's compensation?

A. No. It is illegal for an employer to fire an employee because of worker's compensation. If you've been fired directly after filing a claim, you should contact an attorney. You may have the right to sue your employer for retaliation.

10. Q. When is the best time to hire a worker's compensation attorney when I feel as if I've been hurt at work?

A. The best time to hire an attorney is immediately. You may be unaware of factors that go into worker's compensation which could damage your case. If you wait, you could damage your case. It's important to hire an attorney as soon as you file your claim.

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