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Hurt on the Job? What You Need to Know About Your Rights

No matter what field you are in — from engineering to carpentry — there is a risk of you getting injured on the job. Dangerous machinery, overexertion, trips and falls, and other occurrences can leave you at risk for becoming injured. Knowing what your rights are before such an occasion occurs will allow you to better know what to do if such an occurrence does occur. Whether you or a coworker around you becomes injured, knowing what your rights are regarding a workplace injury before one happens can make the difference between getting treatment that is covered by your company and ending up in dire financial straits due to an expensive medical bill you’re paying out-of-pocket. If you want to know if your losses are covered by workers’ compensation insurance or would like to get your claim settled promptly and efficiently, then call WSYC Law in Alberta today. Trust us to help you:

  • Conduct dispute resolutions between you and your company/insurance company
  • Take on any claim, no matter how big or small
  • File your claim accurately, with the state laws and proper legal formulation implemented
  • Get your claim settled favorably

If you have been injured in a work-related accident, you have a right to just compensation for your losses, including medical bills as well as lost wages. Not sure where you are in terms of your qualification of workers’ compensation? Call WSYC Law to schedule your free consultation. After one conversation with us, you’ll be feeling more confident about the legal road ahead.If you are in Edmonton and are dealing with an insurance company who has denied or who are reticent about adequately approving your claim, call WSYC Law and ask about what we can do to help your insurance claim succeed. Sorting out losses and filing a claim on your own can be a complicated affair, which is why we recommend seeking professional help to navigate the process. Contact WSYC Law today! Our team of experienced insurance lawyers provide some of the best legal assistance for filing insurance claims in all of Alberta. Our fees are low (and non-existent until after you claim is settled) and we have a long track record of successful cases. Read our testimonials for yourself!

What to Do When You’re Injured on the Job?

Perhaps you were driving a forklift and something fell on you, or maybe you were walking through your warehouse and slipped and fell due to a spill — in either scenario, the first thing you’re going to want to do is to get adequate medical attention. Getting medical attention is most of all important because it will address whatever injuries and damage that has occurred. However, seeing a medical professional after an injury is going to also help down the road on the unforeseeable occasion that you file a claim to ensure that you have adequate coverage, if you or your employer’s insurance company is being resistant or trying to diminish your ability to get what you justly deserve.

Another thing to do immediately following a workplace accident is to inform your supervisor. This is an important step if you’re going to file for workers’ compensation. Inform them IN WRITING how you have been injured on the job. If your injury goes unreported for over a month, in some circumstances, you may subsequently lose the right to file for worker’s compensation.

One of the most important things insurance companies look at when they are analyzing a case regarding workplace injuries is the existence of pre-existing conditions. If they are able to enhance reasonable doubt regarding the origins of your injury by arguing that your injury existed to some degree before you were injured on the job, they may be able to get away with paying out less or even denying your claim entirely. That’s why it’s usually a good idea to get legal help when filing a personal injury claim. If you are in Edmonton or anywhere else in Alberta, WSYC Law has a proven track record of successfully winning personal injury claims. We are able to deal with all the convoluted legal material and take away the burden of having to negotiate directly with the insurance companies. We will be your advocate and representative, working hard to maximize your compensation. Get your free consultation today!

What is Covered by Worker’s Compensation?

After speaking with your supervisor and visiting a doctor, the next step may be to file for workers’ comp. If you have been injured on the job, there is a good likelihood that you qualify for this legally mandated program. Almost all businesses are required to provide their employees workers’ comp insurance. Workers’ compensation covers employees when:

  • They have been injured and need medical attention
  • They become disabled or killed
  • They are injured and require time to recover
  • They waive benefits and decide to sue their employer for negligence

Workers’ comp helps protect employees and employers alike. Most workers’ compensation programs also include employer’s liability insurance, which covers the cost of their legal defense, settlement, or judgement due to a related lawsuit.

Workers’ compensation insurance generally covers the following occurrences:

  • Medical Expenses — Chief among workers’ compensation expenditures are medical expenses. Medical expenses can include things like visits to the emergency room, surgery, and prescription drugs.
  • Ongoing Care — Medical expenses don’t just end when an injured employee leaves the emergency room. It can sometimes take months to recover. For example, someone who hurt their back lifting heavy boxes may need physical therapy for months following the injury. This is covered by workers’ comp.
  • Missed Wages — Workers’ comp also covers missed wages. Injured employees are able to spend the time they need recovering from a work-related injury or illness without having to worry about lost wages.
  • Disability — In some cases, an injury is so severe that it leads to a permanent disability. Workers’ comp can help cover disability treatments and supplement some of a disabled employee's missed wages through disability benefits.

These are some of the more prominent occurrences wherein workers’ comp comes into play. As an employee, you should know what your rights are in regards to a workplace injury:

  • You have the right to visit a doctor and get prompt medical treatment.
  • You have the right to some type of disability compensation on occasions when you are incapable of returning to work because of an injury.
  • You have the right to hire a lawyer to represent you during the legal process.
  • You have the right to file a personal injury claim in workers’ compensation court.

Get Professional Legal Help

To reiterate that last bullet-point, if you have been hurt on the job, hiring a lawyer to represent you throughout the process can take a lot of unnecessary burdens off your shoulders. When you choose to hire WSYC Law to represent you after being subject to a work-related injury, you choose a team of experienced, attentive lawyers with a track-record of successfully negotiating with insurance companies for sufficient compensation in cases of personal injury claims. If you are in Edmonton and have been injured on the job, give us a call today!