Planning For Pain After Workers' Compensation


The workers' compensation program is designed to help workers who are temporarily disabled or impeded due to workplace injury. Unfortunately, the compensation system doesn't last forever. If your injuries don't seem to be getting much better and work is still a painful or difficult process because of issues related to the injury, consider a few negotiation points that could save your financial future while the injury evidence is still relevant and fresh.

Assessing Your Workplace Impact

If you return to work, it's important to document your progress as you recover from injury. Every pain or difficulty on the job has both a medical and legal implication that will be very important if you're unable to recover.

Although such information can be subjective, if you have a continuous paper trail of being unable to move around completely, you may be able to pursue a larger legal compensation. If you can't move without significant pain or work as fast or efficiently as you used to, your health, your career prospects and your continued personal health can be damaged every day you spend in that injury-aggravating position.

Don't avoid the doctor during the critical days of pain. Even if you've been discharged from the hospital, contact your employer and the workers' compensation claims office to explain your issue as you're going to the doctor. Your health is the most important factor, and getting a medical analysis of the problem as soon as it happens can be valuable for identifying the continuing severity of your injuries.

Preparing For Your Next Career Steps

Sometimes the pain is just too much to endure and you may consider another way of living. Whether you're looking at programs such as Social Security Disability or not, you need to consider a career change in case other plans fall through.

If the injury wasn't your fault, it may be worth pushing job finding and education responsibility on either your employer, the manufacturer of equipment that injured you or the person who caused the injury. Even though workers' compensation provides job rehabilitation and new job training benefits, the program may be limited depending on the severity or specific circumstances of your injury.

A lawyer with personal injury or workplace injury experience can help you decide on the proper path. Disability may be the best for your situation, or you may have an easier time on workers' compensation. A severe issue may require cash settlement in a personal injury case, or you may need a more robust training program such as a certificate or college education. Contact a workers' compensation lawyer to evaluate your situation.


19 March 2015

My Day in Court

When I sued a product manufacturer after a disfiguring accident, I never expected to actually go to court. I assumed that the case would eventually be settled, like most personal injury cases are. To my surprise, they wouldn't budge, and we ended up having to go all the way to court. I was pretty nervous about testifying, but I had a great attorney that prepared me well, and everything went smoothly. In the end, the jury saw things my way. I realized that I probably wasn't the only person to ever experience an unexpected day in court, and that's how I got the idea to start this blog. If you're looking for tips to help you prepare or wondering what to expect when you go to court for a lawsuit, this blog contains important information for you.