In the United States, most employers are required to have workers' compensation insurance to protect themselves and their employees in the event of a work-related injury.
Workers' compensation offers very specific coverage to help an injured employee. It provides medical benefits, which covers the costs of your medical expenses and covers a portion of your lost wages.
If you have permanent or long-term disabilities, it might provide a lump sum settlement or offer payments longer.
After a work injury, gather all the relevant documentation to support your workers' compensation claim and carefully detail how the accident happened. These documents might include medical records, statements from any witnesses, and any medical statements or bills and any doctor notes that indicate you cannot work or cannot do your regular work duties.
Explain how the accident occurred, how you were injured, and provide a timeline of events. Keep any evidence that supports your claim and how you were injured.Take photos of any visible injuries that resulted from the accident.
Here is an example of a possible scenario:
- You were working at Walmart when you fell, severely injuring your arm. Two fellow employees saw what happened. You will need them to provide written statements.
- You went to a nearby emergency room where you received painkillers and were referred to a specialist. Keep those medical records for future reference.
- Provide a timeline of what happened and when it happened so you can show the series of events in order as they occurred.
Here is some additional information on what you should do if you were injured while working at Walmart.
Preparing for Deposition
If your case goes to deposition, the lawyers representing your employer will question you about your background, the accident itself, any medical care you received, and any physical limitations since the accident. You should always be honest and tell the truth about the accident.
Respond professionally so they will take you seriously and not doubt you. Tell them exactly how you have suffered since the injury and what you have experienced since the accident happened.
Even if you were to blame for the accident, workers' compensation should cover any work-related injury regardless of who was at fault for what occurred.
Getting Help With Your Case
If you have been hurt while working, a workers' compensation attorney can help you file your claim for benefits and can help you throughout the process. In general, having experienced legal representation can help you get your claim on the right track and make the process flow more smoothly and much more easily.
Your odds of a successful claim are much greater with an experienced lawyer representing you. In addition, a lawyer can help ensure that you receive the correct amount of workers' compensation for your claim. If you have been hurt at work, call and schedule a free initial case evaluation with an experienced workers' compensation attorney today so you can file a claim and get the benefits that you are entitled to receive.
*Disclaimer: The content of this article serves only to provide information and should not be construed as legal advice. If you file a claim against Walmart, or another party, you may not be entitled to any compensation.