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How To Recover From An Accident At Work

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Accidents can happen everywhere, but it’s always worse when they happen at work. Of course, when they do, it’s hard to think straight. Your priorities, hopefully, are to get better before anything else. They should be, at least. Depending on the severity of the injury, and the time required for recovery, this might mean weeks off work or it might mean a rapid return to top form. Either way, in such a situation, our personal health is often at the forefront of our minds. An unexpected injury can be quite a shocking experience for friends, family and colleagues, especially if it occurs through quite a severe, painful ordeal. But what should you do next?

However bad your work-based injury, the looming thought of what to do next can be quite worrying for some people. You don’t want to suffer twice; first physically and then financially. If you so much as say the wrong thing to the wrong person in your workplace, you could end up being blamed for your own accident, which isn’t fair at all. So what do you do? Well, we have some advice to help get you back on your feet and avoid pointing fingers at work.

First of all, don’t blame yourself for your injury. Just focus on recovering.

Employers are required, by law, to provide a certain level of care to their employees. When they break their duty of care, they have to cover the situation, as detailed by their insurance. If you admit fault for an accident at work, you’re immediately absolving your employer of any blame, and are therefore not entitled to any form of financial compensation for an injury sustained whilst at the workplace or on a job. So don’t do this, because, most likely, you weren’t at fault and you shouldn’t be punished for a safety hazard that your employer or another employee should have checked.

If you tripped or fell because of a slippery, uneven or ill-maintained surface, then that isn’t your fault, and it shouldn’t be up to you to pay for whatever treatment you needed to fix your injury. If you were hurt because somebody else at your workplace was negligent, then why should you pay? You wouldn’t in any other situation, so hold your ground.

Your recovery might take a while, or it may not, but ensure you’ve covered all your bases, so you can have a little peace of mind.

You might have overlooked something important when it comes to discussing the matter with your employer, and it’s important to let them know what happened. You’ve got to think of the safety of other people in your workplace, because I’m assuming you don’t want anybody else to suffer the same way you have. If there’s a safety hazard on the premises, you need to explain it to your employer. That way, he or she will understand that the accident wasn’t your fault and, actually, they’re the one who is most to blame. Certain legal practice areas might be able to help you with this matter, because a professional has the expertise to look over your case with a fine comb and ensure that you’re getting all the compensation you deserve for your specific injury.

Remember to look after your health and go to a doctor.

This is important for so many reasons. Don’t self-diagnose. Get yourself checked out and ensure you’ve not done any real damage, and then you can start thinking about your road to recovery, along with how much time you’ll end up taking off work.

It is incredibly frustrating to have to sit at home for a few days, or a few weeks, because of a workplace injury. It’s no cause for despair though, as most employers will cover you financially, so you’re allowed to make your number one priority the need to simply get better.


Why Should I Hire A Personal Injury Lawyer?

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If you’ve been the victim of an incident that left you injured through no fault of your own, there are several reasons you may want to seriously consider hiring a personal injury lawyer to assist you in filing a claim. Seeking compensation for the damages caused can be an overwhelming and complex process for someone who isn’t experienced in legal matters. Though you aren’t obligated to retain the services of an attorney, it can make a big difference in the costs you recoup and level of stress you have to deal with.

Familiarity With Personal Injury Laws

Chances are, your understanding of personal injury laws and your rights are limited, and trying to wade through all the legal jargon to comprehend enough to get through the claims process probably won’t do your case much good. A personal injury lawyer will be familiar with laws as they apply to your particular circumstance and the state you reside in. This will put you at an advantage for knowing whether or not a claim should be pursued, and if so, how much you may be entitled to.

Skilled to Negotiate Higher Reward Payout

Insurance companies do their best to pay injured parties the least possible amount they can. Oftentimes, they look to settle quickly and offer settlements that are far lower than what would be considered fair. Since a personal injury lawyer knows how to place value on a claim, they are well-equipped to dig their heels in and skillfully negotiate until they’ve reached a reasonable agreement, and can usually accomplish the goal in a much shorter timeframe than if you were to go back and forth on your own.

Experience in Court

In the event that you aren’t able to come to terms on a settlement, it may be time to turn your claim into a lawsuit. The guidance of an attorney in court proceedings is invaluable. Your lawyer will file all of the necessary paperwork for you, making sure to do it within the allotted time you have to make a claim, and then put together a strong case showing why compensation should be awarded in your favor. Inexperience in court can cause your case major harm, especially if you’re going up against a corporation with professional representation.

Minimize the Burden

In the aftermath of an accident there are many things you will be going through mentally and physically (trying to recover from injuries, time off of work, loss of recreational activities, etc.), and adding the stress of a personal injury case on top of everything else is more than one person should have to handle. Hiring a personal injury lawyer will take the weight of most of that burden off your shoulders and allow you to focus on getting well again.

Most who have found themselves in this kind of situation before would agree that it’s in your best interest to hire a personal injury lawyer when pursuing restitution. The benefits are sure to outweigh the costs as long as you select a trustworthy and esteemed attorney.

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By Tiffany Olson

Tiffany Olson has first hand experience with personal injury woes. Her stepmom slipped and fell at a grocery store several years ago and the whole family has learned a lot throughout the claim process.


Outrageous Personal Injury Claims – D’oh!

Few people would argue that the litigation process is one through which our justice system works for people who have been legitimately victimized, particularly when it comes to personal injury. After all, sometimes there is no other legal recourse than to seek compensation through the legal system.

On the other hand, there are also many personal injury claims that turn out to be, to put it kindly, dubious. In fact, many personal injury claims don’t really amount to anything remotely resembling a legitimate claim; instead, they more resemble something of legal comic relief.

With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the more questionable personal injury claims that have occurred in the past. Obviously, we can’t get into the nitty-gritty details of exactly who was involved in these claims, but we can relate stories you’ll find all across the world.

The case of the slacker who got the punishment he deserved: One worker made a claim against his employer’s company when a prank being played on him went wrong and caused him some harm. As it turned out, the original prankster was the plaintiff himself.  He had been slacking off during work and pulling pranks on others before he got what he deserved. Not only was the case thrown out, but, the worker was eventually fired.

Not buying into the beer fantasy: One man decided that he’d had enough with the bikini-clad fantasies presented by beer commercials and sued a beer company because he wasn’t experiencing what the characters on TV were experiencing. This man wanted to be refunded the amount of money that he’d spent on beer over the years – presumably, with an eye on somehow using the money to make the fantasies shown in the commercials something more of a reality. He never got his chance because the court threw out the case.

Could she drive or not? A woman was in a car accident and filed an insurance claim as, according to her, she was not able to walk for more than a short distance after the accident. The insurance company, unable to prove otherwise, granted her claim. However, because of the size of the settlement, they made sure to hire someone to survey the woman’s activities. As it turned out, she was perfectly healthy and capable of walking through shopping centers with great ease.

Hardly shooting the moon: If we told you that a college student mooned other students from a third-floor window, you’d probably be able to guess what happened next. You got it – he fell out of the window.  He then went on to claim that it wasn’t his fault; rather, it was the university’s fault because the students were not properly protected. The case turned out to be unsuccessful, which is good news for the rest of us who would prefer that the legal system listen to common sense.

There are a lot of dubious legal claims made on a regular basis. Unfortunately, while they may be amusing, they often cost people a lot of money. Make sure you file an injury claim only when the claim is legitimate.

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Jon Reiter is a marketing agent for http://hulenlaw.com/, experienced Denver personal injury attornies.


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