According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, during 2020 there were 4,764 work-related injuries with fatal consequences. A decrease of 10.7% compared to 5,333 in 2019.
On the other hand, there were 2.7 million non-fatal work injuries in which more than 84% were related to slips, trips, falls, overexertion, and contact with objects and equipment.
Having an accident at work can be devastating, not only for your physical and emotional health, but also for your finances. Finding ourselves injured and unable to work to generate an income can be one of the most difficult situations we can find ourselves in.
However, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation, and your employer has to take responsibility for the entire process in order for you to receive it. Unfortunately, there are times when companies refuse to grant these benefits, so it is extremely important to hire an attorney specialized in the area who can help you obtain this right.
Here are some of the most important things to consider when hiring a workers’ compensation attorney:
1. Recommendations. One of the best ways to find a good lawyer is to ask your family, acquaintances and friends for recommendations. Recommendations can be much more important than any advertisement or advertisement you may see, because you will be able to know the type of experience a person had in handling their case.
2. Experience. Just because a person has studied law does not mean that they can take on any type of case. It’s important to make sure the attorney you want to hire has workers’ compensation experience. In this way, they will know everything that this type of case implies and will be able to give you good advice and representation.
3. Successful track record. You can ask the lawyer what percentage of success he has had in the cases he has represented. That percentage is an indicator of how effective it is in the representation and defense it provides to its clients.
If you or a loved one has been injured in the workplace, call us and schedule a consultation with our workers’ compensation attorneys. We will review your situation and help you get back on your feet!