Not all injuries or conditions are noticed immediately. Any number of difficult situations could have lead to your limp, chronic pain, disruptive cough or other issues that get in the way of comfortable life and productivity. The problem could have begun during an incident at your job, but if you've had similar issues at a previous job, you may have a hard time pinning this specific problem to your current employer's insurance. If your previous work experience included time in the military, there could be a lot to think about in terms of compensation. Take the time to understand what you could be earning for your suffering and where your complaint should be directed.
Knowing Where To Complain Is All About Timing
First, take your problem to a doctor as soon as possible. If you've already had a medical examination, make sure that you have proper documentation showing the details of the issue. You'll need that historical documentation to begin a paper trail of working on the issue, which can add legitimacy to your claim.
You should have incident reports of any major accidents, injuries or exposure to dangerous situations that you can refer to. It's understandable that some issues may be kept quiet in order to protect your job, your coworkers or the project that took place at the time, but in order to receive compensation for a past event, proof that the event happened is critical.
If you don't have documented proof, the battle to get compensation becomes harder. You'll need a legal professional to examine your claim to figure out if you have a case and how you can make your case stronger. Circumstantial evidence such as fingerprints or blood may be difficult to trace in a workplace injury, but if you can show timely records of when you were at work and evidence of an incident, you may have a better case.
If all of that sounds difficult, make sure to get as much existing evidence as you can. if you're afraid of retaliation or getting others involved, discuss it with your lawyer instead of confronting others on your own. A legal professional, like those at Williams Williams & Bembenek PC, can approach the situation carefully with your concerns in mind.
Workers Compensation Or VA Compensation May Be In Your Future
If you were injured at a civilian job and all evidence points to that job, workers compensation is for you. In most states, workers compensation covers your immediate medical bills and can provide a percentage of your paycheck depending on how long you're out of work.
A lawyer is necessary to push for extended benefits such as lifelong disability compensation, but be sure to speak with a lawyer before signing anything. You may be signing forms that relieve guilty parties of their responsibility to you, and although such statements can be made void, it's a difficult process better off avoided in the first place.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (the VA) provides compensation for veterans affected by their military service. Many veterans leave the military with issues that take time to become noticeable, or may have left the military after a tumultuous deployment without the assistance of a major military base. Some bases used for terminal leave may be short-staffed, resulting in less-than-intensive medical examinations.
A lawyer can help you examine your situation if you have medical reports or reports from military duty showing how you were affected by the military. A lawyer can help you craft a claim that is likely to succeed the first time or an appeal. Contact a workers compensation lawyer to explore compensation options.Share