Nobody sets out to get injured at work, but these things happen. There are hundreds of claims every year due to work-related injury in Texas. Depending on the particulars of the case, workers might find themselves incapable of working as they wait to resolve their particular case. Employers don’t always do the best job of informing their workers about the rules and statutory limitations. As workers’ compensation lawyers our job is to take care of the case, but we also care about our client’s peace of mind as they await their settlement.
Workers that suddenly find themselves injured or wrongfully terminated are so overwhelmed that they often leave their benefits on the table. Going through a long and drawn out claim can become very stressful for clients and their families.
If you find yourself in this predicament, here’s what you should do:
1. Find an Experienced Lawyer
Take the first step. Workers’ compensation law is different than regular personal injury law. The first step is finding an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer who knows the ins and outs of the system in your particular state. The rules vary across state lines and you don’t want the wrong attorney missing out on your benefits due to a technicality.
2. Give Yourself Time
The shock of a work-related injury can send people spiraling into a world of uncertainty and financial instability. Corporate Wellness magazine cites depression as a common symptom to a recent occupational injury. You might have an initial mix of emotions towards your employer or situation. This is normal. Give yourself time, but don’t get caught up in waiting for too long. Depression can make recovering from an injury slower while affecting your day-to-day family life.
3. Be Patient
Since workers’ compensation lawyers have to work through state regulations, the process can seem arduous and bureaucratic. Being prepared for the convoluted nature of these lawsuits will make sure you don’t create unnecessary stress for yourself and your family.
4. Look to Your Support System
Depending on your injury, recovery process, or work restrictions you might not be able to go back to your regular job during a workers comp suit. This can be a very frustrating prospect for many people. Injured workers have a high rate of depression. Establish a support system in your life that will help you get through the difficult moments. This includes surrounding yourself with loved ones and maintaining a sense of normalcy in your life.
Trust the Javier Martinez, Jr., P.C. Law Office With Your Case
Workers’ compensation attorneys deal with a variety of injuries and claims. An often neglected part of the process includes a consideration for the emotional stress that occurs as workers navigate complex injuries and wait to have their benefits resolved or properly recompensed. We take care of the technical aspects of the process so that you can worry about your health! Connect with us today to receive the legal assistance you deserve.