Workers’ Rights when Hurt on the Job

workers rights when hurt on the job

workers rights when hurt on the jobAbingdon, Bristol and Johnson City

Employers in every state are required to provide their employees with a reasonably safe and healthy work environment, although sometimes employers fail to fulfill this duty. In these cases, it is much more likely that an employee may become hurt or sick as a result of their employer’s negligence. But, there are even times that a company complies with all state and federal laws to maintain a safe and healthy workplace, yet still, employees become injured. Workplace injuries range from broken bones, exacerbated pre-existing conditions, illnesses related to the job, and even psychological problems as a result of one’s line of work.

Workers’ compensation attorney in the Tri-Cities, The Law Offices of Michael R. Munsey, P.C., want to share with you some rights that you have if you get injured on the job. While every state varies, these are the most common rights in most states. But, it is always best to seek the legal counsel of an experienced workers’ compensation attorney if you are dealing with a workplace injury.

  • You have the right to file a claim regarding your injury or illness in workers’ compensation court or the state court.
  • You have the right to visit a doctor or seek medical attention for your injuries or illness.
  • If your doctor releases you to return to work, you have the right to your job.
  • If your illness or injury results in either a temporary or permanent disability, you have the right to disability compensation.
  • You have the right to appeal any decisions made against your case.
  • You have the right to be represented by an attorney to handle your claim or case in court.

You have other rights too. If your employer requests that you use your health insurance to pay for your doctor visits, treatment, or medication, you have the right to say no. Your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance should cover these types of expenses related to your injury or illness. Your employer should not attempt to make you an offer or bribe you against filing a workers’ compensation claim. This is actually illegal! If your employer does try to pull one of these stunts, contact a workers’ compensation attorney today!

What if my work-related injury or illness is due to the negligence of a third-party?

Sometimes, employees become injured or ill due to negligence of a third-party, such as a delivery driver, or a safety product that malfunctioned. In these instances, it isn’t necessarily your employer’s fault, rather than the third-party. A civil-lawsuit may be more appropriate in these instances. However, it is always best to speak with an attorney about your options!

The Law Offices of Michael R. Munsey, P.C., has been serving the Tri-Cities area for more than three decades. If you are dealing with a work-related injury, don’t go at it alone. Find the right attorney to fight for you. If you would like to schedule a free consultation, just call our office at (276) 451-2056. We provide legal counsel to the areas of Johnson City and Kingsport, TN, as well as Bristol, TN, and VA.