The Law And Work Injuries: A Primer

While demonstrating past economic losses (such as through medical bills and property damage) is a reasonably simple procedure, the same can’t be said for future losses or noneconomic injuries such as bodily and emotional pain or suffering. An attorney’s aid will guarantee you get the amount of compensation to which you are lawfully entitled if you are unable to work as the result of injuries sustained as the result of someone else’s actions or inactions.

PROTECTING YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS

When you hire a lawyer, they will speak with the insurance company or the opposing party on your behalf, ensuring that you do not say or do anything that may jeopardize your case. If you say anything that implies partial culpability, for instance, the amount of compensation you get may decrease. Because you can’t always know how your words may be twisted or taken out of context and used against you, it’s best to have someone on your side who is accustomed to dealing with insurers and knows exactly how to navigate the process to get you the most compensation possible. 

MANAGING DIFFICULT INSURANCE NEGOTIATIONS

Insurance companies are skilled at knowing how to reject claims. They have armies of trained insurance defense attorneys ready to fight. You need someone just as experienced and tenacious on your side, who understands the ins and outs of negotiating with insurers.

One of the first things you should do after an accident is to call your doctor. This will help you understand the extent of your injuries and their impact on your life. It may be something that will allow you to return to work in a few months. You may be out of work for an extended period of time, for instance. Seek an official diagnosis from your doctor before speaking with your employer. Check with your employer about any sick leave rules. Ensuring you have the time and space to physically recover from injuries should be a priority. 

Could you work from home, performing your regular job while you recover? Might you be eligible for disability benefits? These are all things to consider. This is where your personal injury attorney will earn their keep. Many attorneys provide “no-win, no-cost” legal representation. So, for the time being, you don’t have to worry about paying them anything upfront.