If you are out of work because of an on-the-job injury, you expect that your lost wages and medical bills will be covered by workers’ compensation. Every day you go without your benefit is a financial hardship—and if your claim has been denied, it just compounds the economic and emotional stress.
There are circumstances in which an injury causes an impairment significant enough to be considered a disability, or where circumstances require an extended leave. That is where federal laws offer important employee protections.
Not surprisingly, jobs in the construction industry are among the most dangerous in the U.S. People in construction work at great heights, deal with heavy equipment and power tools, are exposed to toxic substances, operate around high voltage electrical sources and are involved with dangerous demolition projects.
You may be ready to go back to work, but you may not be ready to go back to your former duties because of the physical limitations your injury has caused. When you receive medical treatment for a workplace injury, your physician will discuss your condition with you and issue work restrictions.
Depending on the details of your workplace accident case, it may be in your best interests to accept a lump sum settlement. However, if you are offered a lump sum settlement after suffering a work injury, do not accept or sign anything until consulting with an experienced attorney.
When people hear the phrase “work injury,” they often imagine a slip and fall, or other type of sudden accident. However, repetitive stress injuries (RSI) are all too common and can affect workers across a wide range of industries.