When you’ve been hurt on the job, the last thing you want to have to worry about is navigating your workers compensation claims. That’s where workers compensation attorneys come in.
A workers comp lawyer can help you understand the confusing and complex process of filing your claim and what you can do should your claim be denied.
But there are a few things you need to be aware of when it comes to filing your workers compensation claim whether or not you’ve already contacted a lawyer.
3 Myths About Workers Comp Claims You Need To Know
Workers compensation is a system designed to provide wage replacements and medical benefits to employees who have been hurt on the job. But there are a few things many employees believe are true about workers compensation that are actually myths.
That said, here are the top three myths about workers compensation claims you need to be aware of:
- Your employer will file the necessary forms to protect your claim. Your employer is only required to file a Form 19 report of injury to the Industrial Commission within five days of being notified of your injury. This form doesn’t protect your workers compensation claim. You’re required to file your own notice to your employer, also known as a Form 18. All other forms that are necessary to be filed are up to you.
- A workers compensation claim means I have to sue my employer. When you file a workers compensation claim, you’re filing a claim against your employer’s insurance and not the employer themselves. If your claim goes to a hearing, you’re arguing that your injuries are legitimate and were caused on the job. You’re not suing your employer.
- You can’t file a workers compensation claim if the injury was your fault. Workers compensation is a no-fault system. That means you’re able to file a workers comp claim whether the injury/illness was your fault or not.
Where can I seek help about my workers compensation claims?
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the storage and warehousing industry experiences up to 15,000 injuries and illnesses every year. And that’s only the storage and warehousing industry.
Whether you’re looking for legal advice for your workers compensation claims, legal help for your personal injury case, or you want justice for a wrongful death, the McMahan Firm can help. To learn more about our legal services and how we can help you, contact the law offices of the McMahan Firm to schedule a free consultation today.