Workers compensation injuries can be life-changing. A workman’s compensation injury can leave you unable to perform a simple task. Workers compensation injury symptoms can be serious following a trauma. Workers compensation injuries can be unique and sometime require specialized care. You are going about your day and then tragedy happens – you are struck by an inattentive negligent driver while working in the blink of an eye or you fall and hit your head at work. The injury itself is only the beginning of a long process full of intricate steps to get the closure needed to move on with your life. Taking on the insurance company and learning the law are extremely intimidating tasks. Don’t go through it alone.
Here at Merck Law, LLC we dedicate our practice to injury victims. We are a team of lawyers known for not being afraid to go to trial fighting for the injured, our client. Our team has over 38 years of experience. This could be your first time considering calling an injury attorney. You may be experiencing pain and discomfort. You may be confronting unpaid and unexpected medical bills, time off of work and don’t know what to do or how to proceed. Contact us for a free consultation.
Can a Workers Compensation Lawyer Help Me?
It is a terrifying time experiencing a workers compensation injury. Our team has experienced car accidents of our own. To gain a clear understanding of how to proceed, we recommend contacting a workers compensation lawyer. It can be helpful having someone fight for you with your accident.
Investigating your Accident
A workers compensation lawyer can assist in investigating your accident. Key evidence can disappear. Witnesses can move or change phone numbers. Memories can fade. The more information collected regarding the accident helps create a better picture of the incident. Investigation can include:
- Investigating the scene of the accident/injury and recreating the accident
- Interviewing witnesses to the accident
- Taking pictures of the scene and damage
- Reviewing accident reports and written statements
- Researching driving records of the parties involved
- Reviewing medical records
The law potentially allows for an injured party to pursue their employers workers compensation insurance coverage.
Calculating Personal Injury Damages
Damages in a personal injury brain injury case include money an injured party has lost due to an injury. Personal Injury Damages can include, but are not limited by, medical bills, prescriptions, time off from work, recovery time, and pain and suffering. Insurance policies in cases in states such as Georgia and South Carolina are available in many cases to cover the damages suffered by injured clients. Insurance companies and injured victims do not always agree on the value of the damages to the injured person. A free consultation with an attorney can assist in evaluating the damages suffered in a personal injury.
Negotiation with the Insurance Company
Insurance companies have a financial interest in reaching settlements as low as they can. Attorneys at Merck Law, LLC can help navigate the complexities of negotiations. We have experience evaluating the fairness of an offer of settlement by an insurance company.
Representing You in Court at Trial
Most workers compensation cases do not need to go to trial. The insurance company will typically make your attorney a fair offer on the case to reach a settlement. However, if the case does not settle, a trial or hearing attorney can fight for you in the court room.
An attorney can advise you if they think your case should go to trial. They can advise you of the trial process. During a court trial, the lawyer will present your case to a judge, panel, or jury. Then the judge or jury will determine if you are entitled to recover and how much you are entitled to recover.
Common Causes of Workers Compensation Injuries
There are many possible causes of brain injuries. The wrongful or negligent acts of another person can contribute to the brain injury. Negligent acts that contribute to and cause brain injuries can include:
- Drunk Driving
- Premise Negligence
- Slip and Falls
- Construction Accidents
- Texting while Driving
- Driving in the Wrong Lane
- Reckless Driving
- Distracted Driving
- Dog Bites
- Defective Products
- Running a Red Light or Stop Sign
- Failure to Yield the Right of Way
- Pedestrian Accidents
- Failure to Yield to Oncoming Traffic in a Left-Hand Turn
- Failure to Use Turn Signals
- Improper Lane Change
- Following to Closely
- Failing to Drive Properly under Road Conditions
- Failing to clean up spills
- Failing to identify hazards
- Failing to inspect areas available to customers regularly
- Violating the fire code
- Failing to train employees properly
- Failing to place clear and obvious signs at the sight of a spill or hazard
- Failing to mark hazards with caution tape
- Failing to close areas that are not safe
- No fault
The Attorneys of Merck Law, LLC are skilled at reviewing a case. This makes it important to call a workers compensation attorney as soon as possible to discuss the specific facts of your case.
Common Injuries form a Workers Compensation Accident
Many injuries can result from an accident. Unfortunately, these injuries can forever change your life. Here are some of these injuries:
Head and Brain Injuries
Workplace injuries can cause serious head injuries. Your head can experience serious injuries especially if it makes impact with anything. Serious brain injury is one possible injury from a workers compensation accident. Some injuries include:
- Skull Fractures
- Traumatic Brain Injuries
- Post-Concussion Syndrome (PCS)
Broken bones can occur from an accident. Bones can also fractures. Many bones can be injured in a car accident or slip and fall. Some bones that may be injured include:
- Fractured Face
- Broken Neck
- Fractured Skull
- Broken Vertebrae
- Broken Arm
- Broken Back
- Broken Leg
- Broken Pelvis
- Broken Rib
- Broken Hip
- Broken Hip
- Broken Ankle
- Broken Finger or Toe
Whiplash is a frequent accompanying injury with a workers compensation injury. It can be extremely painful. Whiplash can last months or years. Whiplash is frequently attacked by insurance companies as not being a serious injury. Whiplash can be very serious and can drastically change your range of motion in the body part that experiences the trauma.
Neck and Back Injury
A workplace injury can be accompanied by many different neck injuries and back injuries. These injuries can greatly change someone’s life. Some of these injuries include:
- Spinal Cord Damage
- Spinal Injury
- Herniated Discs
Soft Tissue Injury
A accident can also cause many soft tissue injuries. Some of these include:
- Muscle Knots
Workers Compensation Statute of Limitations
How long do I have to file a personal injury claim? A statute of limitations is a law that creates a strict time limit on an injured person’s right to file a lawsuit in civil court. When an injured person misses the statute of limitations, the defendant can use the statute of limitations as a defense against the suit. Rare exceptions do apply to extend the filing deadlines. Every case is different and every state has its own statute of limitations. It is important to contact an attorney in the jurisdiction in question for legal advice as to the statute of limitations in your state.
Do I have a Case?
If you were injured at work, it is possible you may have a case. Every case is different, so it is important to get a free case evaluation to find out if your case meets the criteria. Each state has its own laws that may apply differently depending on the jurisdiction. If you have been injured at work, reach out to us today for your free case evaluation.