Suffering a serious injury at work is a traumatizing experience that can turn your life upside down in a matter of minutes. As well as the physical pain of the injury itself, you may be left with emotional scars that make returning to work difficult. Many people also experience long-term effects as a result of their injury such as chronic pain, loss of mobility or panic attacks. Some people may be reluctant to claim compensation for personal injury due to the stigma attached to what many perceive to be the ‘compensation culture’ of America. Others may feel guilty about seeking compensation from an employer that they have been with for many years or worry about the reactions of colleagues and co-workers. The truth is, anyone who has been injured in an accident that was not their fault is entitled to compensation to cover their medical costs, loss of earnings and emotional distress.
Accidents at work can occur for a number of reasons and are often difficult to avoid. Faulty machinery, workspace hazards or inadequate equipment can result in serious injury that leaves employees unable to return to work or carry out simple tasks in their everyday life. This can have a major impact on both the victim and their family and may even lead to them falling into debt. Your employer will have some form of insurance policy in place that will cover the cost of paying compensation to their workers if it is required. Even though receiving a claim for compensation is an unpleasant experience for an employer, they are often able to cope with the financial loss much more easily than the employee.
If you have suffered an injury at work and think you may have grounds for a claim, then choosing a reputable law firm is essential to ensure a positive outcome for both parties. Personal injury lawyers have a wealth of experience in negotiating compensation claims and will be able to give you a rough idea of how much you can expect to receive. Your lawyer will issue your employer with a demand letter stating your case and informing them of the amount of compensation you wish to receive. If you feel nervous about filing a claim against your employer, then hiring a lawyer to handle all of the negotiations is one way to avoid an ugly confrontation.
If it is possible, your lawyer will try to reach an amicable settlement out of court. As long as you are happy with the amount of compensation offered by your employer or their insurance company, then settling out of court is a good way to avoid expensive legal fees and further stress. Having to appear in court several times against your employer can be an unpleasant experience especially if you are still working for the same company. However, if your employer fails to offer a decent amount of compensation to cover your losses, then your lawyer can guide you through the process of appearing in court.