Many people don’t have a full grasp on how the worker’s compensation program operates. Sure, most people are aware that if you sustain an injury while on the job that you are entitled to receive financial compensation from your employer in order to cover the medical costs of the injury, but there is more to it than that. Most people are under the impression that the workplace injury must be caused, at least in part, by the employer, either through negligence or apathy. This is not true however and you do have options if you are injured on the job but it’s not your employer’s fault.
While having the employer be at fault in the workplace accident certainly helps any legal case and expediates the process, it is thankfully not a stipulation in the claiming of worker’s compensation. The only condition that must be met in filing a claim is that the injury was sustained while in the workplace. It doesn’t matter if the incident was a true, random accident, whether safety protocols were being ignored, or if any other special circumstance occurred; if the injury was sustained while on the job, it qualifies for a compensation claim.
The first thing that you should always do is report the claim to your employer’s human resources department, as they will be the first to file with their insurance company and begin the investigation process of your claim. Unfortunately, many employers and insurance companies will try to take advantage of the fact that the incident was not the employer’s fault and try to find reasons to deny a compensation claim. If this happens, you should immediately hire and attorney.
A skilled and experienced lawyer will be able to guide you through the worker’s compensation process and see that you gain the compensation that you deserve. To learn more about how we at the Franco Law Firm can help you in your claim as we have for so many in Tampa Bay before, please call us at (813) 872-0929.