No matter what type of job you have, it is always possible you may at some point suffer an injury. When you do, you of course expect your employer to be helpful and sympathetic. However, this does not always occur. In fact, it is possible your employer may deny your injuries altogether. When this happens, you may suddenly find yourself wondering how to pay medical bills, replace the wages lost from being unable to go to work, and keep you and your family going financially day after day. Should you be facing a situation where your employer has denied your injuries, take the following steps at once.
See Your Own Doctor
When injured on the job, your employer may insist that you see the company doctor. While you may do so, also make sure you see your own doctor for an examination and diagnosis. By doing so, you will have a second opinion, should your employer’s doctor try to say you are not injured.
In many of these situations, employers try to claim an employee’s injuries took place away from the job. Should your employer do the same, gather as much evidence as possible to the contrary. Whether it is a statement from your doctor or statements from witnesses who saw you get injured, documenting your injuries will increase your chances of gaining compensation.
Consult an Attorney
When employers attempt to stonewall employees in these situations, they are doing so in hopes the employee will become intimidated and simply give up their pursuit of compensation. Rather than do this, instead hire a personal injury attorney to handle your case soon after you are injured. By doing so, they can take over communications with your employer and their insurance company, talk to witnesses, line up experts to testify on your behalf, and pressure your employer’s insurance company to agree to an out-of-court settlement.
Don’t Vent on Social Media
Finally, even if you are extremely frustrated with your employer’s denial of your injuries, don’t make the mistake of venting your anger on Facebook or Twitter. If you do, your emotions are sure to take over, and you may make comments or post pictures online that could hurt your credibility and your case. Instead, take your lawyer’s advice and remain off social media until your case is completed.
While you may be surprised at your employer’s reluctance to acknowledge your injuries, don’t give up. Instead, hire an attorney you can trust, take their advice, and do all you can to get the financial compensation you and your family need.