A lot of people talk about how workplace injuries are typically the fault of one type of employee or one type of manager that doesn’t create a safe enough environment for people to work in. Yet although almost all workplace injuries are unplanned, there is often pressure on both the injured and those they report to to seek the best possible outcome for the incident. That pressure in turn sometimes causes people to try and block information that can be important from being brought up.
Because someone like a workers comp attorney NJ is available to most workers, finding someone that can help ensure that the right outcomes are achieved is usually just a phone call away.
Here are some situations that started out wrong, but got put back on track after attorneys were contacted:
Angry Chicago Man: One worker was asked to document a process and save the form in duplicate for a different boss. Several months after they did so, they were called into the file archives with the agitated boss, who accused them of losing all the documents. They opened the file drawer an noted that someone had stolen the first copy. The second copy had been hidden in the file behind the first file as was customary in that difficult environment. So the employee pulled the second file and showed the boss that it was there. The boss realized that the employee was not liable for any of the problems that had been blamed on his department. He slammed the file drawer on the hand of the employee, causing it to be sprained and start bleeding. The employee was concerned that his hand would not heal. He contacted an attorney and did a free consult. What he learned was that as his hand was healing, there was no need to file a claim. He didn’t experience any further trouble. The boss ended up taking 6 months of medical leave for a stress condition covered by a form of workers comp.
Sciatic discovery: Another worker whose company found out it was being bought by a rival company suddenly experienced back pains that precluded a return to work for the duration of the takeover. As it worked out that the company was giving out payouts to those that would be laid off, workers compensation was initially used in order to get back treatment started for the employee. The company called their lawyer and they sent out a private investigator to verify that the back injury was indeed real. And although they were able to show that the injury likely occurred outside of work, the severity of the injury remained something they did not question. After the company purchase closed, the temporary workers comp was ended and the former worker went on to work for another company without any further problems. The lawyer at the company ended up being able to be persuasive without really angering any of the parties.
Workers compensation is one area where employees will rarely hear a lot of good advise from a company regarding how to use it. Surprisingly enough, most workers would prefer not to ever need it. But if it does become a problem for yourself or someone you know, remember that reporting what occurred is the most important thing that you can do to set the record straight.