Workers’ compensation laws in the United States were born out of the rise of the industrial age. In 1907, Theodore Roosevelt stated his belief that if a worker provides a service for an employer, that worker should not have to bear the burden of the injury. Workers’ compensation was a compromise that shielded employers from being sued for a worker’s injury, but also protected the worker by guaranteeing that his or her financial burden would be taken care of by the company. Unfortunately, over time and particularly in the last decade, it appears that workers are having to fight harder for the benefits they were supposed to be guaranteed.
According to a recent study by NPR, cuts to workers’ compensation spending and changes in the law have made it difficult for employees who have been seriously injured to get the care that they need, along with the financial assistance for that care. One man interviewed in the study was in an ongoing battle with his employer’s insurance company over whether or not they would pay for a more advanced prosthesis for his arm that would improve the quality of his life, instead of a cheaper, less effective prosthesis. Cases like these have become common, bringing about an even greater need for workers to have the kind of legal representation that can help them demand the benefits they need.
What Can I Do if I’m Injured at Work?
Stories of injured workers struggling with insurance companies and employers are troubling, but the good news is that there is help. If you are injured on the job, you might be wondering what to do next and which steps to take to ensure that you will be taken care of. An experienced attorney with knowledge of the ins and outs of workers’ compensation laws can help you take the right steps toward getting full benefits. If you have been injured at work and would like to learn more about workmans’ comp, take a look at our blog, and connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.
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