Last week’s blog post discussed employers’ responsibilities as they relate to OSHA regulations. These regulations are meant to uphold certain standards to ensure workplace safety. Though many employers adhere to these requirements, many others fail to do so for a variety of reasons. Sometimes an employer is uninformed, sometimes it tries to cut costs by sacrificing safety, and sometimes an employer just outright refuses to comply with safety standards. When this happens, you could be put at serious risk of harm, the results of which could be devastating.
Fortunately, workers’ compensation benefits may be available to you as long as you follow the proper steps. Though this may sound easy enough, the process can actually be lengthy and quite complex. Evidence must be gathered, coworkers and other eyewitnesses may need to be interviewed, and proper documentation must be filed. Any misstep in the process could lead to a claim denial, potentially forcing you to miss out on much needed compensation.
In other words, there is a lot at stake, and you may find yourself more comfortable with an experienced attorney handling your claim. Whether it is an initial filing or an appeal, our attorneys are dedicated to ensuring our clients are adequately represented. We know how the workers’ compensation process works, and we maneuver it as best as possible to our clients the fairest outcome possible given the underlying circumstances.
Employers should never commit an OSHA violation. Yet, if one does and you are hurt as a result, then you might be able to recover compensation. This workers’ compensation may help you recoup your lost wages and pay medical expenses. If your claim is successful and you do recover, then you will hopefully be able to focus on recovering your health and getting back to work.