Workers Compensation Basics with Attorney Mike Whitehead (November 13, 2012)
Workers’ compensation provides wage benefits and medical benefits to people who have suffered a work-related injury or illness. Injured workers may receive benefits in a variety of circumstances:
If you have suffered a work-related injury or illness, the best way to ensure the protection of your rights is to contact an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer. A workers’ compensation attorney can answer your questions, explain the process and advocate on your behalf for the full benefits you are entitled to receive.
Workers’ compensation is an insurance-based system. Injured workers are not required to prove that their employer was negligent in order to receive workers’ compensation benefits. If you were injured by a third party (someone other than your employer or a co-worker), you may have a basis to pursue a third-party liability claim, which is a type of personal injury claim.
Many injured workers assume that they are only entitled to workers’ compensation benefits for a sudden injury that has resulted from a work accident. Fortunately, workers’ compensation also provides benefits to workers who have sustained injuries as a result of daily work activities. For example, you may be entitled to benefits for carpal tunnel syndrome, a condition of the wrist that commonly results from frequent typing and other repetitive daily work activities.
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