What Are My Rights as an Injured Worker?
Employers have an obligation to provide a work environment that is reasonably safe and healthy for their employees. The unfortunate reality, however, is that some employers fail to adhere to this duty, which can result in accidents and injured workers. Workplace accidents can range from broken and fractured bones to catastrophic spinal cord injuries. In this blog, we’ll take a look at what your rights are as an injured worker.
An important thing to remember is that your right to take legal action is just as important as understanding your right to refuse offers. If, for example, your employer suggests that you go through your own insurance to pay for medical treatment, you have every right to refuse doing so.
There are a number of basic rights you have as an employee, which include:
- The right to file a claim for your injury
- The right to receive medical attention
- The right to receive some type of disability benefits, if you are unable to return to work
- The right to be represented by a lawyer
How can I protect my rights?
Apart from speaking to an attorney, one of the most important steps you can take to protect your rights after suffering injuries in a workplace accident is to report the accident and injury to your employer. In Atlanta, if you wait longer than 30 days to report the incident, you may lose out on receiving benefits. You should also consider seeking legal representation to guide you through the process. At Cummings & Middlebrooks, LLP, we can help put you on the best possible path towards securing fair and just compensation. We have more than 30 years of combined experience and have recovered millions in a number of successful settlements.
Injured at work? Let us help you take back control of your life. Contact a trusted Atlanta workers’ compensation lawyer by calling (404) 250-3292 today.