“Workers’ compensation cases are easy. I don’t need a lawyer. My employer will take care of me.” Many injured Bridgeport workers think this way. But they could not be more wrong. You might have these same thoughts. Your employer, its attorney, and its insurance carrier, certainly hope that you do. Contrary to your belief, your employer is not going to take care of you. Your employer is going to take care of themself, even if it means casting you aside. Workers’ compensation cases are now among the most complex legal matters.
How a Bridgeport Worker’s Compensation Lawyer Can Help
If you do not get an attorney to represent you, you run the risk of losing out on money benefits that you deserve, and you might even lose your job in the process. Now, more than ever, you need legal representation to assist you. If you go it alone, you are in danger of missing out. You are jeopardizing your future. We are here to help! Injured Bridgeport workers should contact our law firm right away. Do not wait. Do not compromise your eligibility for benefits.
Many workers’ compensation cases are “accepted.” This means that the employer is not challenging that you were injured on the job. You will be permitted to get necessary medical care and treatment, and you will be paid for your missed wages while you are out of work. Sadly, “accepted” cases are becoming fewer and fewer. Most cases now are “contested.” You will have to fight your employer to receive your workers’ compensation benefits.
These days, unfortunately, in most workers’ compensation cases, the employer “contests” whether the employee is entitled to receive benefits for their injuries. Your employer may challenge whether you were working at the time of the injury, whether your injury was the result of a prior injury, or whether you brought your claim in time (within one year of your illness or injury).
Regardless of the reason, an employer that contests an employee’s claim must file a Form 43 within twenty-eight (28) days of their receipt of the official notice of your claim. These days, our attorneys’ oftentimes see employers fighting workers’ compensation claims far more often than in the past. When employers contest workers’ compensation claims, they do so with the help of attorneys, doctors, and insurance carriers. Do not miss out on benefits because you do not know the rules or understand the system. Contact our attorneys right away if you are injured on the job.
Don’t Let This Be You!
Consider this example of a contested case: David works in a factory in Bridgeport. David injures his lower back moving some heavy file boxes while at work. He doesn’t report his injury, and he takes a couple of days off to recover, using a few of his vacation days. David does not receive treatment from a doctor. David never files for workers’ compensation. He never speaks with an attorney. He never really feels back to “normal,” but he tolerates the pain and continues to work.
Two years later, David’s lower back gives out on him moving some more heavy boxes. This time things are worse. David is out of work. He is always in pain, and he can barely stand up straight. This time, he files Form 30C and starts a workers’ compensation claim. The company doctor relates the cause of his present condition entirely to his prior injury. Unfortunately, David has ruptured a disc in his lower back and now needs surgery. The employer, acting through its attorney and its workers’ compensation insurance carrier, contests David’s claim by filing a Form 43. They don’t want to pay for his surgery.
David is denied wage replacement benefits. He is denied payment of his medical treatment bills. His employer moves to dismiss David’s workers’ compensation case for being untimely (more than a year from the date of the initial injury). Once David takes his saved vacation and personal time, the company fires him. David loses the workers’ compensation case. He is out of a job, and he faces tremendous medical debts.
David’s entire situation could have been avoided. Our attorneys would have argued that David’s second workplace injury was a new injury. A workers’ compensation attorney would have selected a different attending physician to evaluate and treat David other than the company doctor. David would have received an evaluation as warranted by his symptoms and condition. One of our attorneys would have obtained wage replacement benefits, and they would have contested David’s employer’s legal maneuvers. We might have asserted a claim of wrongful retaliatory discharge when the employer fired David.
The entire situation would be different. David would have had someone on his side throughout this process. David would not have fought this battle alone. These are the protections we offer to our injured Bridgeport clients at Ruane Attorneys. This is why you need an attorney to represent your legal interest. Too much is on the line to risk going it alone.
We Are Here to Help
If you are facing a Bridgeport workplace injury, contact our office for legal representation. You do not have to go through this process alone.