What is the Goal of Workers Compensation?
A workplace injury can create difficult circumstances for someone. Having to pursue the payment of medical expenses while at the same time physically recovering from the injury can be both painful and financially draining. Furthermore, if the injury is severe enough to inhibit someone from returning to work, the road to recovery becomes that much more daunting and financial future uncertain. Thankfully, there is a system in place to help injured employees get through this time and get back on their feet.
This is the primary goal of workers compensation: to help injured employees gain the funding that they need in order to pay for medical costs and lost wages. By holding companies accountable for injuries that occur on their premises, the financial burden of medical bills then shifts to the business or, more often than not, their insurance company. It is of course much easier for larger organizations to meet these costs than it would be an individual, so it is easier for the injured.
As noted, depending on the severity of the injury, the person may also be required to miss work or be physically unable to work for a time. Not having a regular paycheck can certainly be a financial strain on a person or family, so workers compensation aims to offset this as well. By providing funding for at least most of what an individual would make, they have something to live off of and therefore can plan the rest of one’s budget accordingly.
Workers compensation is a right, not a privilege, and any person who sustains an injury while on the job is eligible to receive it. If the company refuses or tries to unfairly fight it, there are grounds for a workers compensation lawsuit to ensure that justice is served for the injured employee. If you or someone you know is in this kind of situation, we at the Franco Law Firm are here to help. Please feel free to contact us at any time via phone at (813) 872-0929.