If an employee is hurt on the job, they can typically collect workers’ compensation. However, insurance companies may try to give you less compensation than you’re owed because it saves them money. To ensure that you get a fair settlement, you need a skilled legal representative at your side. An Omaha work injury lawyer from Welsh & Welsh PC, LLO can do this for you. We have plenty of experience in work injuries and know what it takes to get a win for our clients.
At Welsh & Welsh PC, LLO, we understand how shocking a workplace accident can be. We also know that the injury can put innocent people in financially stressful and difficult situations. Your workers’ compensation, however, should help cover those costs. With one of our attorneys at your side, we’ll fight for you to recover damages that include medical expenses, lost wages, costs of future care, pain and suffering, and more. There could be situations where your injury left a permanent mark, in which you may be eligible for disability benefits. No matter the case, your lawyer will make sure you get justice.
How Do Work Injuries Happen?
Unfortunately, a work injury can occur at any workplace when someone exhibits negligence. While there are jobs where injuries are more prone to happen, such as on a construction site or in a hospital, even those with a desk job in an office can be harmed when there’s reckless behavior from another.
A work injury could occur if the environment isn’t kept safe so there are fall hazards all over or the employee is told to do something that they haven’t been trained to do and are unequipped to do so. Those who travel for work, such as truck drivers, are at risk of accidents while on the road. Employees that work in a building with faulty pipelines or are near combustible materials could be at risk for burn injuries from an explosion or fire.
You may not know the exact details of what caused your injuries, but that’s what your attorney is for. We’ll look into what happened and find out who acted negligently and how their actions harmed you.
What Are the Dangers of Work Injuries?
Work injuries can be serious and sometimes catastrophic, meaning the injury will prevent the employee from continuing to be gainfully employed. Some examples could be traumatic brain injuries, third-degree burns, or loss of limb. With injuries like this, the person will have to undergo a major life change. This could include not being able to participate in activities or hobbies they once enjoyed, or everyday tasks are suddenly difficult and they need some form of assistance in completing them. A catastrophic injury could also mean the person requires medical equipment to help them every day—like using a wheelchair for mobility. These injuries can take a long time to heal and the person may never fully recover. This also takes a considerable emotional toll as well because they need to adjust to their new normal.
But even if the injury isn’t life-changing, the cost and time it takes to recover can still put a person’s life on hold. Broken bones and concussions do heal but they are not a minor matter. These injuries can take weeks or months to heal and may also require additional treatment like physical therapy.
When someone is looking down the road to recovery, it can feel like they’re at the beginning of a long journey and they don’t know how they’ll reach that final point. It’s easier when there’s a trusted legal professional at their side—an Omaha lawyer who will always look out for their best interests.
What Should You Do If You’re Injured on the Job?
It’s your responsibility to file your workers’ compensation claim, not your employer’s. Your actions after an accident can help you and your work injury lawyer with your claim later.
If you are able, report the accident after it happens as soon as possible. You should tell your supervisor or manager at the time and they should have paperwork for you to fill out. This way, you have physical evidence that an accident occurred and you informed someone of it, so it can’t be said later that you’re falsifying claims.
You will need to get a medical evaluation from a doctor. Make sure the place you go to is approved by your employer’s workers’ compensation plan. Then you’ll learn the extent of your injuries, receive a treatment plan, and start to get an idea of how long it’s going to take you to recover.
While you may be worried about the medical bills and the time missed from work, this is where you should contact an Omaha work injury lawyer. We will make sure you get the workers’ compensation you deserve.
One of our personal injury lawyers will be able to use copies of your medical records as evidence of how the accident caused you harm. We’ll also use the accident report and investigate the scene to see if any evidence that can be used is still there. Photographs may capture unsafe work practices or violations that caused your injury.
We’ll do everything we can to make sure that your settlement will be able to help you recover and get back to normalcy as soon as possible.
Welsh & Welsh PC, LLO Is Here for You
Our Nebraska workplace accident attorneys will defend your rights and help you get the compensation you need. It’s imperative to get started on your case as soon as possible. Get in touch with us today to schedule a free consultation. You’ll be able to speak with one of our lawyers about what happened to you and discuss your options. We’re here to listen and provide help in every way we can.