Workers’ compensation laws entitle employees to certain benefits when a personal injury is suffered in an accident arising out of and in the context of employment. Most employers are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance and so, for all practical purposes, all workers are covered. Benefits may include temporary total disability benefits while you can’t work, payment of your medical bills, permanent partial disability benefits, or total disability benefits.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2005 there were 5,734 work- related fatalities in the United States. Transportation accidents, falls, violent acts, contact with equipment, exposure to harmful substances, fire and explosions comprise some of the work-related incidents that can cause death and injury. Accidents happen not only in the private sector but often involve government workers and self-employed workers. Injuries and deaths on the job can occur with the young, the old, the experienced and untrained alike. Unfortunately, the workplace is not always safe.
The workers compensation system was designed to help employees injured on the job or as a result of the job. The goal of workers compensation is to make it possible for an injured employee to focus on getting necessary medical treatment and coping financially while missing days, weeks or months of work due to the injuries sustained. Without work comp laws in place, the injured party would most likely be forced to litigate his or her claim against an employer, thus delaying the medical process and deepening financial hardship. Unfortunately, this goal is not always met and injured parties often do not get the assistance they need. Disputes arise over treatment, providers and the ability to return to the job many times. This is when having an attorney fighting for you is most valuable. The lawyers at Roland Walker & Marc L. Zayon, P.A. are experts in dealing with the types of problems you may face when dealing with a work-related injury.