When you are working on your job, the last thing you would expect is getting injured and suffering for days, weeks, or even months. Many workers, especially construction workers, are victims of work-related injuries. However, if you get injured while you are on the job, you do not have to bear the financial stress alone. Fortunately, Workers’ compensation benefits are governed by the laws of Washington and provide financial assistance to employees who have suffered work-related injuries or illnesses.
If you or someone your loved one is injured at work, you can seek legal assistance from a workers’ compensation lawyer. A lawyer can help you learn more about your eligibility, and benefits and ensure you get successful compensation that covers your injuries and losses.
Will I get benefits if the accident happened because of my fault?
Workers’ compensation is a no-fault law, meaning you will be eligible to seek compensation for your injuries and damages, irrespective of who is at fault. Moreover, payments can be made without concern for any other potential sources of insurance coverage. The compensation amount is determined by the severity of the injury, with higher rates being paid for more severe conditions.
Can your claim be denied?
While it is said that employees are eligible to seek financial compensation for their injuries and damages, it comes as no surprise that many workers’ compensation claim in Washington is still denied, leaving employees helpless and confused as to what to do next.
Often the denied claims result from errors in filing paperwork -either from the employer or the employee. Both parties messing up the paperwork can result in a denied claim. Furthermore, additional reasons can also contribute to denying benefits. These include:
- Your injuries did not occur from the incident. Instead, you had pre-existing injuries.
- Your injuries are not severe enough to need medical intervention.
- You were intoxicated when the accident occurred. Hence you were not in a sober state.
- The injury did not happen at work.
You should always seek legal assistance from a lawyer.
Workers’ compensation claims can get messy quickly. Employers can argue about various factors so they do not have to pay for your injuries. In most cases, employers are backed by a legal team, meaning they will always work ahead of you. Therefore, we highly suggest not proceeding with your claim independently. This is because many loopholes can be ignored by you if you do not have sufficient legal expertise. In such cases, an experienced lawyer can back you and protect your claim and ensure you get justice with your benefits.