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The Reasons not to Handle a Work Injury on Your Own

You slipped and fell at work – it was not any fault of your own; the edge of the carpeting was frayed and it stood out enough that it caught on your shoe and made you fall flat on your face. You went to the hospital right away only to find out that you broke your right arm, dislocated your left knee, and cracked a rib. Now you are out of work for the time being and stuck with a boatload of medical appoints and physical therapy trips to help you heal and try to get back to your normal life.

The insurance company always seems like they are in a hurry to get you to sign away your rights. They want you to take a settlement. That settlement might sound enticing, but did you know that you might not be able to take them to court down the road if your injuries do not heal and they stop paying you? Without proper representation, you would not know that and it could leave you in a serious bind, both financially and at work.

Don’t Represent Yourself

As hard as it might seem to seek legal counsel against your employer – the person that supplies your paycheck, it is often necessary. It is not your fault that the carpeting was left like that. It was your employer’s responsibility to make sure the workplace is safe and secure for all employees and leaving frayed carpeting is not considered safe. So now your employer has violated his responsibilities and left you to pay for an injury as well as suffer the consequences. That doesn’t seem fair, does it?

It is not fair and it is the reason you need legal counsel. Everything that is talked about is kept private, so you do not have to worry about losing your job just because you talked to a lawyer. What if you have rights that you did not know about? What if you are accepting a settlement that will harm you in the future? These are the things you need to know before you do anything. This means no matter how much your boss may pester you not to say anything about your injury to anyone or worse yet, not to report it to the workmen’s comp insurance company, do not listen – get legal counsel and get the help you deserve.