Workplace accidents can result in serious injuries, some of which will render you unable to return to work for your employer. Oftentimes, the most serious injuries are to your spinal column, your head/neck/brain, or result in the loss of a limb, serious burns, all of which deserve to be compensated under the workers’ compensation laws. As well, the “unseen” injuries such as occupational diseases like cancer, heart problems, and other chronic toxic exposures, can lead to the development of fatal illnesses. What should you do; how do you obtain benefits?
Attempting to file a Claim for Compensation on your own can lead to severe frustration, delays in medical care and payment of temporary compensation benefits. Navigating the legal landscape without the help of a lawyer could result in the loss of your benefits. Common mistakes that people make, prior to hiring a lawyer, are:
Using sick leave to recover from a workplace injury when you qualify for temporary total disability (TTD) compensation
Counting on your employer to file the appropriate forms on your behalf (which they need not do)
Failing to respond to our demands for production of statements and other documents to help prosecute your case
Failing to provide your employer with notice of your injuries within 30 days of an injury having been sustained or being told by a physician that you may have an illness or occupational disease he or she believes was sustained due to your work
Failing to file the Claim for Compensation within the statute of limitations window (generally 2 years from your date of accident and injury)
Neglecting to obtain future medical care for injuries that required the implantation of medical devices into your body