Should I Contact a Lawyer After a Workplace Eye Injury?

June 16, 2022

Getting injured in the workplace is always concerning because it can deplete your ability to earn a living. Therefore, you might wonder how you should handle yourself and whether you should contact an injury lawyer to negotiate help during your eye injury recovery. These answers will help guide you.

Know Your Workplace’s Workers’ Compensation Policy

Workers’ compensation is a benefit available to many employees, and it covers a vast assortment of injuries workers sustain during the normal course of their employment. All employers that employ more than a handful of workers must make the benefit available to their workforce by law. 

This benefit provides partial monetary compensation while workers recover from their on-the-job injuries. It does not involve or assign fault. Thus, you may receive a benefit, no matter if the responsibility belongs to you or your employer.

If approved, you will receive the benefit until the date you return to work, which the doctor specifies after your examination. To receive workers’ compensation, an employer-assigned medical specialist must deem you unable to work and submit paperwork that includes a diagnosis, treatment plan, and return-to-work date. Alternatively, the doctor may conclude that you can still work with some limitations, and you’ll need to comply. 

Find Out About Arbitration Procedures and Personal Injury

Personal injury cases are fault-based claims that concern employer neglect. You might have the option to file this type of claim if your employer causes your eye injury by not following a safety procedure, leaving a piece of equipment unfixed, or putting you in danger in another way. However, you must furnish proof of a legitimate injury and evidence that the employer was at fault.  

You might think that a personal injury lawyer will be your advocate if you experience an eye injury because of something your employer failed to do. While that might be the case with some employers, others include arbitration agreements in the hiring paperwork.

Before speaking to an attorney, you need to find out your employer’s policy on legal matters. You may have to open your dispute with an arbitrator who will serve as a middle entity to resolve the issue. A team of experts will decide the case’s outcome instead of a traditional judge or jury.

You can contact an attorney to help you file a claim for your injury, but you will still need to go through the arbitration process. That said, many benefits can come from the process. One of them is that you can solve your case faster. The process could also be much less expensive for you and less taxing for the employer. 

Speak To an Attorney if You Can

You should never feel deterred from consulting with an attorney if you have a legal question or matter. Even if you must take your case to arbitration, a seasoned attorney can help present important information to the arbitration panel. He or she can negotiate on your behalf as well. 

Research available attorneys in your area and choose a provider with experience and results. Some personal injury lawyers offer free initial consultations that will not present a financial risk to you.  

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