Wal-Mart, McDonald’s, Amazon are some of the largest corporations in the world that employ hundreds of thousands of Minnesota workers. These companies are afforded the best lawyers that money can buy, so any lawsuit against the company will be met with plenty of resistance. This can present an injured worker with an uphill battle, even when they are rightfully attempting to collect compensation after a work injury.
Going up against a large corporation can seem daunting, but that shouldn’t scare you away from reporting your injury, seeking medical treatment and filing an injury compensation claim. We explain how to best do that in today’s blog.
Large Corporations and Work Injuries In Minnesota
Filing a compensation claim is both complex and intimidating at times, especially if you’re filing against an insurance company for a major corporation. If you want to give yourself the best chance to win an injury claim, here’s what you need to do.
1. Hire A Lawyer – As we mentioned in the intro, your employer’s insurance company will have a bevy of lawyers on their side to argue their case and work to limit their liability in the injury suit. If they can shift negligence off of the employer, your compensation award amount will be limited. You need to have an expert ally in your corner, and that’s exactly what you’ll have if you hire a workers’ compensation lawyer like Dean Margolis. Do not trust that your employer has your best interests at heart or that the first settlement offer is fair. Hire a lawyer and know that your self interests are protected.
2. Report Injury And Get Medical Evaluation – Timeliness and medical documentation are two keys to strengthening your injury claim, which is very important when going up against a large corporation. Make sure your supervisor or human resources department knows about your injury, and have injuries documented professionally by a medical provider of your choosing. If you don’t seek medical care right away, the insurance company will argue that your injuries occurred elsewhere, or that they couldn’t have been very severe. Don’t help build their case for them. Report the injury early and seek medical assistance.
3. Documentation – Document anything and everything pertaining to your injury case that could be helpful when developing your claim. Include things like names, dates, appointments, conversations and when forms were completed. You need to be as thorough as possible in order to make sure your case is airtight. If you can’t remember who you spoke to or if you filled out some paperwork, you could end up sinking your case.
4. Follow The Advice Of Professionals – As your injury heals and your case moves forward, it’s imperative to follow the advice set forth by your lawyer and doctor. If your lawyer says not to talk to a claim’s adjuster or your doctor imposes certain work restrictions, don’t act in opposition of their recommendations. Doing so can hurt your case or eliminate the possibility of receiving benefits. If you have questions about whether or not an action or conversation is fine, talk to your lawyer or doctor first.
5. Make Sure Future Medical Expenses Are Covered – Finally, make sure your claim accounts not only for your current medical bills but any future medical expenses you may incur down the road. Your lawyer and doctor can help predict how and when future medical care may be needed, or they can develop a settlement offer that allows you to seek additional compensation if more medical expenses develop later in life. Don’t get stuck with medical bills because you jumped on an offer that didn’t account for future medical expenses.
So if you work for Wal-Mart, McDonald’s, Amazon or another large corporation and you want an ally in your corner for the injury claims process, reach out to Dean and the team at Margolis Law Office today.
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