Time is not on your side. Hire the best work injury lawyers in the country to make sure you get the compensation you are owed. When you get hurt, you become a liability to your employer. This means they will do whatever it takes to pay you as little as possible. The good news is that the law is on your side.
You are facing an army of lawyers and adjusters trained to make your case go away. That’s where we come in. Before you cash any check, sign any forms, or speak with an adjuster, consult our experienced work injury lawyers to make sure you get what you deserve.
If you’ve been hurt while working in a job that is land-based, then in most states, your employer and its insurance company are required to pay workers’ compensation benefits to you. These benefits include wage replacement and payment for medical care. Unfortunately, the insurance companies have a lot of power when it comes to making decisions related to your wage replacement and medical benefits. If you’re not careful, you run the risk of losing your legal rights or allowing the insurance company to take advantage of you when you are most vulnerable.
When your employer has workers compensation insurance, in most situations, you are not allowed to sue for negligence. Your only recourse is workers’ comp benefits, which can be quite minimal. However, if your injury was caused by a person, company, piece of machinery, or someone other than your employer, then you may be able to bring a negligence case against that person or company under a “third party” legal claim. There are a lot of complications in third party claims, and without the right lawyer, your legal rights may not be protected.
If a piece of equipment or machinery caused or contributed to your injury, then you may be able to bring a products liability claim against the seller, distributor, designer, or manufacturer of the equipment or machinery. Product liability claims are time-consuming, costly, complicated, and require the services of a law firm with the expertise to win cases against large corporations and their armies of insurance adjusters and lawyers.
When you’ve been hurt at work, you need to focus on getting better and getting your life back on track. You don’t have the experience or the financial ability to fully investigate your work accident or maximize your compensation. That’s where our team comes in. We can thoroughly dig into the details of your case and discover evidence that may be impossible to find on your own. As soon as you hire us for your case, we get to work. If necessary, we will file a Temporary Restraining Order with the court to make sure the company doesn’t destroy, damage, hide, or tamper with any of the evidence in your case. We investigate to find out if the company violated any safety regulations, hire experts to reconstruct the incident, and make sure the company is held accountable for their safety failures.
While we can’t speak for every attorney, we can talk about how we work with our own clients. We aim to provide full-service solutions for injured workers, and we are willing to investigate even the smallest details that might help give you a stronger case. For example, while looking into your case, our motivated legal team will often:
Filing a work injury claim may seem straightforward, but companies will do whatever they can to avoid compensating injured employees. The sooner you get an experienced work injury legal team on your side, the sooner your legal rights are protected and the sooner you can focus on getting better knowing we’re working to get you the best result possible on your case.
The incident or injury report is one of the most powerful pieces of evidence in any workplace injury case. Juries will place heavy emphasis on the initial incident report, as it is the first piece of evidence that an injury took place. The company’s lawyers will attempt to use an injury report to limit an injured worker’s claim to only those injuries initially included on the report. On the other hand, we use the injury report to show that the injured employee was hurt during the course of their work. You have the right to file an incident report and make sure it is accurate. Only sign the report if you agree 100% with everything on the report.
If no incident report is filed, companies will use the lack of a report as a defense to avoid compensating the injured employee. Whether the company has worker’s compensation insurance or not, the injury and details about the incident should always be reported. If your supervisor pressures you to sign a blank report or pressures you to not file an incident report at all, that is a red flag that the fight between you and the company has already begun.
When a supervisor or manager refuses to allow you to fill out or file an incident report, you can use a blank piece of paper to write your own incident report, making sure to explain in detail what happened and how you were injured, and send the report to the corporate office. Even though it is against the law for employers to harass or threaten you for reporting an injury or pursuing your rights under the law, this illegal behavior is an unfortunate reality. If your company has tried to take advantage of you or deny you your legal rights after you’ve been hurt on the job, it is time to consult an attorney.
You must be very specific on your accident report because every detail you leave out can and will be used against you by the company’s lawyer. This means you should make sure you include details about:
If you begin to feel pain in additional parts of your body, or if injuries develop over the next few hours or days, you have the right to go back and amend your incident report. Since the company will use this report to try and say you weren’t injured at work, it is important that the report be as accurate as possible.
While it is illegal for a company to threaten to fire or fire you for reporting your work injury, companies try to get away with it. It is illegal under both state and federal law to treat a worker unfairly after a work-related accident or to threaten or retaliate against a worker who has filed a work injury claim. The company is required by law to respond appropriately to your claim. That means that many of these threats and intimidation tactics are used because the company assumes you don’t know or understand your legal rights. The harassment usually stops as soon as you start working with an attorney who is experienced in handling work injury claims and can make sure that the company adheres to the law.
What do we mean by harassment and intimidation tactics? It can be hard to sort fact from fiction in the whirlwind of documents and meetings that follow an accident, illness, or injury. Although there are many ways—both subtle and not so subtle—an employer might try to keep you from pursuing a work injury claim, the following are some of the most common:
If this sounds familiar, you’re not alone—it happens to a lot of people—and you should know that you do have options. You don’t have to put up with these kinds of intimidation tactics because you were hurt at work. Many employees are mistreated by their employers after they are hurt or become ill, no matter what kind of industry they work in. If you’re being threatened or mistreated by your employer just because you got hurt, don’t make the mistake of assuming that you “just have to take it” in order to keep your job.
Dealing with pain and worry after a work accident can be difficult, but it’s not always the most difficult part of the aftermath. Unfortunately, workers across the United States struggle to get the compensation they need for their injuries, often facing harassment and intimidation from their employers in the process.
Ultimately, it is against the law for your employer to retaliate against you for filing an injury claim or reporting an injury. If you need help protecting your rights or making the harassment stop, one of our experienced attorneys can sit down with you, answer your questions about injury claims, and provide further guidance. We can help you get justice and compensation for what has happened to you.
Despite what the insurance adjuster may tell you, you are not legally required to give a recorded statement for your injury claim to be processed. Giving a recorded statement will not further your case. Instead, it could do a lot to wreck your chances of receiving fair compensation for your injuries. If the insurance adjuster is pressuring you to give a recorded statement before they will allow you to receive medical treatment or compensation, call an experienced attorney right away. It’s simply not worth the risk of wrecking of your work injury claim.
The insurance company may tell you that a recorded statement is needed to hurry your case along or that it is simply part of the settlement process. In reality, employers and insurance companies often use these recorded statements to twist victims’ words and attempt to minimize their injuries or deny their potential claims. If you make the mistake of agreeing to a statement, you should know that they will generally ask difficult questions, misleading questions, or questions you don’t understand. While you are being recorded, you might be asked – or even pressured – to immediately accept a settlement for the costs of your injury.
You may feel like you have nothing to hide, and you may wonder what the harm could really be. Unfortunately, insurance companies often take advantage of injured workers who do not understand their rights, and the pressure can be intense. We certainly sympathize. In a perfect world, settling a work injury claim should be as simple as telling the truth about what happened to you. However, you should realize that your employer and its insurance company probably do not have your best interests in mind when asking for a recorded statement – and it’s extremely likely that they will try to use your words against you later on to protect their own interests.
When you have been hurt at work, one of the first things you find out about pursuing a successful work injury claim is that you have to document everything: doctor’s visits, your progress, missed work, medical bills, lost wages, communication regarding the injury—the list goes on and on. With that in mind, it probably doesn’t seem all that surprising that your employer wants you to give an official statement.
However, although documentation and evidence are key to the success of your case, don’t be tempted to give a recorded statement, especially without the guidance of an experienced attorney on your side. Giving a recorded statement to your employer or its insurance company is more than just simple documentation, and you need to make sure that you are protecting yourself as you figure out the details.
We understand that you want to do everything in your power to move your injury claim along as quickly as possible. However, don’t put your right to compensation at risk. If you are being asked or pressured to give a recorded statement after you have been hurt, speak with an experienced attorney before you make a decision—and make sure you are fully prepared to protect your rights.
Even if you are able to avoid giving a recorded statement, there are other ways to fall into the trap of saying or doing something that negatively impacts your work injury claim, including:
An experienced attorney can ensure that your rights are protected and help you avoid making many of the common mistakes that wreck work injury claims. If you are being pressured to give a recorded statement after a work injury, or if you have questions about your rights, VB Attorneys can help you get answers.
You can’t really prepare for an unexpected work injury, and it’s not unusual for families to be thrown into a world of physical, emotional, and financial chaos after finding out that a loved one has been seriously hurt. Because these kinds of injuries can change lives forever, injured workers and their families find themselves suddenly needing to prepare for long-term difficulties.
Some of the long-term hardships after a work-related injury include:
Families must cope by rapidly getting educated about their rights and taking it one step at a time. Medical attention should be a priority, both initially and in follow up, and injured workers should follow their doctors’ orders carefully in order to recover as fully as possible. If you are experiencing symptoms of depression or anxiety, reach out to your doctor or a counselor. And, to make sure you receive the past, present, and future compensation needed for your injury, get help from an experienced work injury attorney in handling your injury claim.
If you have a preexisting injury or have been hurt again since your injury at work, it’s important to be prepared to carefully protect your rights as you pursue compensation for what happened. Your employer cannot deny your worker’s compensation benefits for either of these conditions, but many companies will take advantage of workers who aren’t aware of their rights. No matter where you work, here are some things you should know about preexisting injuries and intervening injuries.
A preexisting injury is an injury that happened before you started your job. For example, if you broke your shoulder years ago playing football, that could be a preexisting injury.
Many companies will refuse to take responsibility for injuries that happen on the job if they can—and if they discover you had an injury before the accident, they may use it as an excuse to deny compensation. However, a preexisting condition does not disqualify you from getting worker’s compensation or suing an employer for negligence in causing a new injury.
The reality on pre-existing conditions is this: state laws dictate what types of pre-existing conditions will be allowed in a personal injury case. There are rules that must be followed. If the prior condition has nothing to do with your current condition or injuries, then a judge won’t allow it in the case. On the other hand, if you had a prior condition to the same body part or had a similar injury in the past, then most likely that condition will be allowed in the case.
Generally, if it can be proven that your employer was responsible for an injury that caused medical issues that would not have otherwise been aggravated, you can still recover damages. In some cases, it may even be proven that the underlying condition and new injury are unrelated, and that you should receive full compensation despite the pre-existing condition. However, because so many workers are unaware of their rights and the tricks of the insurance trade, it is very important that you speak with an attorney of your choosing about the details of your case, your rights, and how to be successful with your claim. You should discuss matters related to past injuries and pre-existing conditions the first time you meet your attorney.
An intervening injury happens when a worker is already hurt from a workplace injury and then another work injury aggravates the previous injury. One common cause of intervening injuries is returning to work too soon after an injury. Some employers pressure workers who are not fully healed to return to work, but doing so could seriously impact the worker’s recovery. The consequences could even be permanent. An intervening injury may also be caused by injury treatment, such as physical therapy or repeated surgeries, or a second accident.
Although you may have expected that your employer would be on your side if you were ever hurt on the clock, the reality is that a lot of workers have to fight for the help they deserve. Whether your job made your preexisting condition worse or injured you outright, you deserve fair compensation for your suffering.
Mesothelioma and other asbestos-related illnesses create impossible challenges for individuals and families around the world who have been left to pay the price for careless employers and companies. Although asbestos has been a known hazard for many years, its wide use left many people open to the dangers – and, while it is less commonly used in recent years, many people still continue to be at risk for mesothelioma.
As victims and families struggle to make sense of how work-related exposure can lead to a cancer diagnosis, they are also forced to confront complex legal, medical, and financial decisions related to their illness. However, if you have found yourself confronting these same challenges after a recent diagnosis, you should know that you are definitely not alone, and you can get help with your questions.
The sooner you learn about your legal rights after a mesothelioma diagnosis, the sooner you can protect yourself and start taking action. For more no-obligation information and a free and confidential case analysis with one of our attorneys, don’t hesitate to contact our team today.
Mesothelioma is a very aggressive cancer that occurs in the lining around the lungs, heart, testes, and abdomen. It results almost exclusively from exposure to asbestos and can take anywhere from 20 to 60 years to develop after exposure. The disease is more common in workers and military personnel who were directly exposed to asbestos in the line of work, but anyone who works or has worked in older public buildings, with certain types of supplies and equipment, or in second-hand asbestos-exposure situations is at risk. At this time, there is no known cure for mesothelioma, and the disease is ultimately fatal.
Mesothelioma is a difficult disease to diagnose and treat, and care of the disease must be carefully tailored to each patient’s circumstances and needs. Through a number of complex treatment options, including surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation treatment, victims of mesothelioma can manage their disease and extend their life expectancy.
Unfortunately, the staggering expense of this highly specialized treatment leaves many mesothelioma victims to make grim choices about their healthcare options and financial futures.
Whether you were exposed to asbestos years ago or in your current line of work, you should know that you may have rights to compensation for your resulting illness. The companies who exposed workers to this cancer-causing substance should be held responsible for ignoring the risks, and victims are entitled to financial support. If you are buckling under the weight of medical, emotional, and financial changes following a diagnosis of asbestos-related cancer or illness, our experienced legal team is standing by with the answers you need.
Since many of the victims were exposed to asbestos through their workplaces after it was known that the substance was dangerous, there have been many, many lawsuits filed against large companies who failed to protect their workers—and many of those lawsuits have ended in millions of dollars being awarded to the victim or his or her family. To help you understand the scope of these kinds of legal actions, here are three examples of large and notable mesothelioma lawsuits:
While it is possible for victims to pursue compensation, the path to success isn’t always easy. Asbestos victims and their families often end up struggling against large companies and insurers who hope to minimize how much they must pay for their negligence, and victims are often unprepared to defend their claims or push for the maximum compensation they are entitled to. However, a skilled asbestos attorney can make sure that victims are informed, protected, and ready to fight for what they truly deserve.
At our firm, our legal team has extensive experience helping individuals and families across the nation protect their rights, make confident decisions, and get the compensation they need for their care. If you have questions or need help, speak directly with our mesothelioma attorneys today
In an ideal world, injured workers would be able to work closely with their medical providers to determine when to return to work and what restrictions they might be under while they continue to recover. In reality, though, many employers try to force injured employees back into light duty positions before they’re really ready or use their medical restrictions against them.
Ideally, an employee might transition back to light duty when he or she has reached a point in recovery where it makes sense to do so—and only his or her doctor should be able to say when that is. The employer would then help the employee transition into a light-duty position that adheres to medical restrictions, and the employee would be able to communicate clearly and honestly throughout the process.
Although you may hope that your return to work will be handled as a straightforward, administrative process, the truth is that some employers or supervisors use light-duty restrictions to punish injured employees or even carry out personal grudges. In some extreme cases, demeaning or pointless light duties may even be used to try to make you walk away from the job so that they have grounds to fire you.
Some employers might pressure you to come back to work before you’re ready or before you’ve been cleared by your doctor. Sometimes, the reality is that your employer will ignore your medical restrictions entirely once you are back on the job, which may put you at risk for an intervening injury, or a second injury that happens after you’ve already been hurt at work.
While in many cases, employers are breaking or bending the rules, you can still make serious mistakes if you don’t meet the problem armed with real information about your rights and how to protect yourself. Some employers, insurance adjusters, company representatives, company doctors, and others intentionally mislead or abuse injured employees, and the real answers to your questions about your work injury may come as a surprise.
Although specific answers depend on the specific details in your case, many injured workers do have options if they feel they are being bullied or punished by the light-duty work they’ve been assigned. In fact, it’s not even all that unusual for seriously injured workers to be unfairly asked to return to work and perform pointless or invented duties while they are still in tremendous pain, taking medications, and severely limited by their work injuries.
If you have any questions about light duty requirements or returning to work after an injury, don’t hesitate to reach out for legal advice. Our attorneys have extensive experience helping injured workers protect their rights, stop the abuse, and get the compensation they need after they’ve been hurt.
If you have disability, accident, or another type of insurance policy, we will help you apply for benefits from your insurance. We do this all the time for our clients to help them have short-term funds while we’re working on their work injury lawsuit.
For people who are unable to work due to the severity of their injuries, getting financial assistance from disability or accident insurance is a life-saver. These forms of financial assistance are in addition to the compensation you’re seeking in your lawsuit. Unlike applying for a loan against your future settlement, this money does not come out of your lawsuit settlement.
If you have never hired an attorney before, it can be hard to know where to start. Do you just open the Yellow Pages and pick a lawyer? Should you use Google to find an attorney on the internet? How do you know if the attorney is even qualified to handle your case? It’s not easy an easy decision to make, and the search can bring up a lot of questions about who you can really trust and how to find the right attorney to handle your work injury claim.
While the choice is ultimately up to you, there are a few traits you should be looking for in an attorney to make sure that you’re choosing someone who can be the right fit for your specific case:
Looking for these kinds of things in the attorneys and law firms you talk with can help you narrow down your search and decide who is qualified to take your case and handle it well. However, don’t stop there—if you’re planning to hire an attorney, it’s a good idea to still meet in person and ask questions before you decide to move forward.
It is a good idea to interview the lawyer you are thinking about hiring before you give him or her your case. Any good attorney will happily answer your questions in a straightforward, no-nonsense way, and it gives you a chance to get a “gut feel” about whether or not you might work well together. If you sense that your questions are making the attorney uncomfortable, or if the attorney seems to be acting evasive, you may want to look elsewhere for legal representation.
To help you get ready to meet with an attorney for the first time, here are some examples of the kinds of questions you might want to ask:
Even if you’re not sure if you’re ready to hire an attorney, an initial consultation is all about making sure you are getting the answers you need to make informed decisions. As you interview potential attorneys, even if you don’t plan to hire someone immediately, you should also use the time to ask questions about your case, including questions like:
If you choose to meet with our attorneys, we would be happy to talk with you and answer all of these questions and more, as well as explain what you need to do to protect yourself from insurance company tricks and traps—all at no cost or obligation to you. We’re here to help injured workers get the real answers that they need, and we understand that you may be coming to us confused, frustrated, and unsure about the necessary next steps. Our attorneys will give you clear and honest answers—we’ll even tell you honestly if you really need an attorney for your case and help connect you with the resources you need while you’re recovering.
Our attorneys have helped countless victims – just like you – get justice for their pain, suffering, and losses. We know that it’s difficult to know whom you can trust after a serious accident. That is why we always ensure that your contact with our attorneys does not cost you anything unless we win your case. Your first consultation is free. We advance all court costs and fees, and you will only pay for our services after we get you the justice you deserve.
We have helped people who have been injured or killed working in the construction industry, working at refineries and plants, working in the oilfield, working offshore, and more.
If you are like most of our clients, this is the first time you have suffered an injury requiring medical attention and legal help. Unlike you, your employer likely has seen injury cases many times, so they know exactly what to do and who to call to protect their bottom line at your expense.
We recommend that one of the first things you do is learn your legal rights so you know how to avoid getting tricked into signing those rights away, and so you can make informed, intelligent choices about what course of action to take to ensure your rights are protected.
If you are ready to get started, give us a call toll free at 877.724.7800. The consultation is free and confidential. We will walk you through the entire legal process, answer every single question, and help you make the best decision for your future. You can also use the contact forms on our website to send us a confidential email, and we will schedule an immediate appointment for you to learn your rights. Our Board Certified attorneys know time is not on your side. Don’t wait another second to get the maritime injury settlement you deserve.