When you get hurt on the job, you are entitled to receive workers compensation benefits while you recover. If you are unable to work, but your employer is denying you benefits, it's time to work with an attorney that can help. Your employer must carry workers compensation insurance that covers all employees if they get injured while working. If you've gone to a medical evaluation and the provider sends you back to work right away, your employer can deny benefits. The problem is, if your employer sent you to a specific provider for your evaluation, this provider may work closely with your employer in an effort to keep costs down.
When the Medical Provider Says You Aren't Injured
You have the right to seek a second opinion from your own medical provider if the examiner you are sent to says you aren't injured. This occurs frequently, and workers who are truly hurt are sent back to work before they have healed from their injuries. While you may have no choice but to go to work for a few days, it's important that you take care of your own medical needs first. Get an independent exam if you are told you aren't injured, and be clear with the provider that you are seeking workers compensation benefits.
Your Right to a Hearing
If you are denied benefits, you are entitled to a hearing. This can be stressful, especially when you are trying to recover from an injury. With an attorney on your side, you will be able to fight for your rights without having to do it on your own. At your hearing, you will be able to present the facts of your case, your medical diagnosis and your prognosis. It is up to you to fight for your benefits when you've been denied, even when the denial isn't fair.
When you are an employee, you are protected in the event of an injury while at work. Workers compensation benefits are there to cover your medical bills and provide you with a paycheck while you are out of work recovering. While it may take you some time to begin collecting a paycheck, you have to keep fighting if you've been unjustly denied benefits. If you reported the incident correctly and your injuries clearly happened while you were on the job, you will eventually get the benefits you deserve from your employer's insurance coverage. For more information, contact companies like Mohajerian A Professional Law Corporation.