Every day within our lives we are bound to make a mistake, or have an accident of some sorts. While some mistakes can cause small accidents to occur that leave us just slapping ourselves on the wrist others can be very serious that result in some dangerous, and serious consequences. One type of accident, or mistake that occurs quite often is that of an accident while on the job, or while participating in a workplace task. When you are injured as the result of the accident the next step that you take is that of filing a worker’s compensation claim. Yet, do you understand the actual science of a claim?
How a worker’s compensation claim actually works is pretty simple. An employee will fill out the necessary paperwork with the appropriate information pertaining to the accident such as how it happen, what actually happened, and the results and injuries that were sustained from it. Many people are under the impression that when they file a claim that they will be granted the appropriate damages, but that is not the case at all. Many times, when the claim is brought forward either to an authoritative entity, or a board they actually decide whether or not to award compensation.
Another assumption of a worker’s compensation claim is that if you have medical proof, or “scientific opinion” that your claim is valid that you will be awarded compensation. However, that is not true as well. While “scientific opinion” is somewhat taken into account of worker’s compensation claims it is not required in most cases. This means that even though you may have a letter from a physician or heath professional stating that you are injured it does not really do anything for your claim besides let you know what injuries you did receive from the accident, and their severity.
When you are injured on the job it is very wise to seek out medical attention in order to make check on the severity of your injuries as well as your overall health regardless of whether or not its deemed necessary by some claims boards. Finally, when dealing with a worker’s compensation claim of any degree it is best to seek out the knowledge and dedication of an experienced worker’s compensation attorney in order to fight for your rights, your potential damages, and your case.
Changes are constantly made within the field of employment, so if you plan on filing a workman’s compensation claim, it would be best to seek professional help. It is important to have someone on your side that knows the law and knows how to make it work for you. Michael R. Lawless, P.A., Attorney at Law specializes in these types of case. He provides a free consultation, including evenings and weekends by appointment, at their offices in Lenexa, Kansas or Grandview, Missouri offices. Call today at 1-800-734-3771, 913-681-5566 or 816-966-0099.