When a worker is injured on the job, it can be an intimidating task to inform the employer and initiate the steps needed to file a workers' compensation claim. Thankfully, injured workers have the right to seek help from a lawyer experienced in handling claims arising from workplace accidents. Without help, an injured employee takes the risk of missing out on compensation needed for medical care or lost wages from missed work.
West Virginia employees are typically entitled to certain benefits after a work accident, including the right to medical care necessary for a full recovery. If the employer was aware of the dangerous conditions or hazards that led to an accident and did nothing to correct the problem, it may be appropriate to take legal action in order to claim rightful recompense. In some cases, a lawyer can determine if an injured worker has the proper legal grounds to file a claim against a third-party for its role in an accident.
In some cases, a worker may require long-term care or rehabilitation. Unfortunately, it can be a frustrating process to get these services covered by workers' compensation. When a person's health is at stake or the ability to return to work depends on rehab or vocational retraining, seeking help to fight for full payment of all applicable benefits makes good sense.
The workers' compensation system is complex, and many claims are denied or delayed. It is, however, possible to appeal a denial of benefits. An individual does not have to deal with the aftermath of workplace accidents alone, but may seek help regarding available legal options. A lawyer can also help a West Virginia victim determine if accepting a settlement is in his or her best interests.