Applying for worker’s compensation can place the employee in a difficult dilemma. Even if the claim is legitimate, he or she may have concerns of workers comp retaliation. The supervisor may not believe the claim is valid or wrongly believe the employee was under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The settlement offered by the employer may not cover all of the lost wages or medical bills. The injury may prevent the employee from ever returning to work at all, increasing the incentive for the employer to fight the claim. The employer may even retaliate against the worker for filing a claim, slashing hours, cutting pay, or demoting to a lower position.
This type of retaliation — in essence, trying to get you to quit in anger — is a form of intimidation, plain and simple. You should not let your boss intimidate you as punishment for your workers comp claim. There are laws in place to protect you, and we at CTBC know how those laws function, inside and out. We can come to your aid, as we have for thousands of other individuals in the Greater Cincinnati area. Our specialty is employees’ rights, and our passion is the defense of workers.
Any one of these cases requires the expertise of a job injury attorney who understands how the law affects worker’s compensation. He or she understands how best to prepare medical evidence that validates the claim. He or she can better estimate the worth of a case and better evaluate whether a settlement is suitable.
It is not in your employer’s self-interest for you to understand all of your rights as an employee. And, frankly, a lot of employers take advantage of this situation by trying to keep you unaware of the ways in which you can protect yourself. If you talk with us, we can let you know the full extent of the laws that our forebears fought hard to establish for our protection. Much like the various 20th Century laws that were enacted to improve the lives of the middle class — limitations on the length of the work day, holiday pay, weekends, child labor laws — there is an entire set of laws designed just to protect employees in these types of lawsuits.
Worried About the Cost of Hiring a Work Injury Lawyer?
Don’t be. Most attorneys who help with workers comp cases do so on a contingency basis. This means that you may not have to pay any upfront cost. In general, most attorneys will only take a fixed percentage of the settlement they obtain for you. Your attorney can help you win a significantly higher settlement than you would be able to do on your own, so the cost of hiring one is usually negligible. You should also keep in mind that initial consultations are usually free. There’s very little reason to not have an initial consultation with a lawyer who can advise you of any potential problems with you claim.
In these contingency cases, the lawyers do not get paid until you do. Also, the lawyers do not get paid UNLESS you do. If you do not prevail in your case, neither do we. We take on your case only if we believe you deserve to win, and we agree to represent you only if we have confidence that you will be victorious in your lawsuit.
Legal Expertise at Your Side
If a case is contested, your employer will certainly be working with a worker’s compensation attorney to advocate for their side. Having your own legal counsel advocating for your rights helps to “even the playing field” of the legal system, putting the law in your favor.
At the very least, work to make sure that it is a fair fight you have ahead of you.
Contact Clements, Taylor, Butkovich & Cohen, L.P.A., Co. today to discuss your case. We have been practicing work accident law in the Cincinnati area since 1988.