What is Workers’ Compensation?
Workers’ Compensation is the practice of recovering benefits and settlements for an injury caused by or at the workplace. If you were injured due to someone else’s negligence, malicious acts or unsafe conditions you may have a case. Workers’ Compensation is not only physical injuries, it includes internal injuries, (stomach problems, hypertension, and high-blood pressure) psychological problems (depression, anxiety, sleep disorders, etc.) and death caused by work. If a family member has been fatally injured at work, you are even able to obtain death benefits for that late family member.
There are two types of injuries in Workers’ Compensation: (1) a specific injury and (2) a cumulative trauma injury.
- A specific injury is when you have an isolated incident where you were injured at work. Common examples include: slip and fall, being struck by an object or person, on-the-spot injuries from lifting, pulling, pushing or carrying objects, car accidents while on the job or a traumatizing incident (including but not limited to verbal abuse and sexual harassment).
- A cumulative trauma is the type of injury that occurs over a period of time. Often times, repetitive everyday movements, constant pressure, exposure to chemicals and/or hot and cold temperatures, constant verbal abuse or harassment and uncomfortable work environments can cause injuries.
If you feel you’ve been injured in one of these ways, please come in and speak to us. Please note this list is very basic and does not exhaust all types of work-related injuries. If you have been injured in a way that has not been mentioned but feel you have a case, please call and make an appointment and/or come in and speak to one of the attorneys or our highly trained and capable secretaries and paralegals about whether you have a case.
Either way, it is important to file a report or submit your claim as soon as you become aware of an injury no matter how big or small.
What Can We Do For You?
Wachtel Law provides each client with personalized assistance and help to get you all the proper medical attention and care, benefits and payments and work to maximize your case to the best we can.
During the course of a workers’ compensation claim, there are several types of benefits an injured worker can obtain and our office will do our best to fight for whatever appropriate remedy we can.
Certain remedies include:
- Temporary Disability
- Permanent Disability
- Current and Future Medical Care
- Supplemental Job Displacement Vouchers
- Mileage/Out of pocket Costs
- Death benefits for the family of a worker who was fatally injured at work