Do you have a good relationship with your employer? Good for you. But when you get hurt on the job, you’d best hire a work injury attorney, because there’s no guarantee your loyalty to the company will be reciprocated. Once you file a legitimate claim, the insurance company takes over—and it gets down to the business of getting away with paying as little as possible for your compensation.
They’re very good at it. But with the right work injury attorney, you can fight back.
REPORT THE INCIDENT
One of the first questions an experienced attorney may ask you is if you formally reported the incident to your employer. Hopefully, you kept a copy of all written communications (forms, emails, etc.) and made a note of any in-person or phone conversations regarding the incident.
One of the biggest mistakes many victims make is taking a wait-and-see approach, hoping the injury or illness is minor and will go away. No harm, no foul. By the time you realize you have a serious issue (deadlines can sometimes be as little as 24 hours), your employer can all too easily deny that your injury occurred at work and refuse to pay for medical treatment or compensation for lost wages.
Next, your attorney may ask if any of your co-workers witnessed the incident that caused your injury. Witnesses are your best insurance against your employer claiming the accident never happened, or that it didn’t happen during work hours.
SWEAT THE DETAILS
Your work injury attorney will want to know every detail of the incident. Did it take place during your lunch break? If you left company property to eat instead of dining in the employee break room, the company may not be required to provide compensation. An injury incurred during a work-sponsored event, however, means your employer is responsible for providing benefits even if the event wasn’t on company property.
Were you injured at work? Let us help guide you through the complicated process of getting proper compensation. Contact us today at (210) 226-8888.
Pat Maloney, Jr. is a skilled San Antonio personal injury lawyer who has acted as lead counsel and co-counsel in many multi-million dollar verdicts throughout Texas. Pat Maloney represents people injured in car accidents, truck accidents, construction accidents and more. He is well known for his expertise in representing victims of serious personal injuries and has participated as a lecturer in the field of personal injury litigation. He has been named as one of the “Best Lawyers in America” Reference Book every year for the last five years.