02 Jun Workers’ Compensation — A Cautionary Tale
On an average day, at a standard job site in Provo, the scaffold you are working on suddenly fails. You fall 18 feet, tear 2 ligaments in your knee, and brake your leg. Your boss immediately calls an ambulance. You are rushed to a hospital, treated for your pain, and prepared for surgery. The boss even sends flowers to the hospital.
What could be worse than the injury?
Fast forward 2 months. The surgery went alright, but the rehab process has been very painful. Because of the pain, your recovery is progressing very slowly. You start getting pressure from your doctors, and even your boss to rehab faster and get back to work. Your benefits are running out, and you are nowhere near being healthy enough to work. You might never get back to the life you had before your accident. You can’t afford to pay for a lifetime of rehab and treatments, but you also can’t go back to work. The doctor says you are healed, and the insurance won’t pay any more. Your boss needs you to carry siding up a ladder on Monday if you want to keep your job.
Workers’ Compensation System is broken for the Injured
It sounds like something out of a conspiracy novel– the medical professionals, insurance companies, and even your boss are all conspiring against you! And while it may not be so obvious and sinister in real life, this actually does happen every day to people injured on the job in Utah.
The worker’s compensation insurance system was designed to make it easier for employees injured at work to get treatment benefits from their employers. A third-party insurance system that takes the pressure off of the employee who needs care and the employer who is responsible to pay for it. But the system doesn’t work the way it should. Why?
- There are some doctors who listen more to the insurance company than the patient.
- There are some insurance companies that tell employers how long it should take for you to heal.
- No one in the system is listening to the injured employee to understand their recovery, pain, and needs.
That is why workers’ compensation attorneys exist– someone has to understand the system AND listen to you.
We Understand the System But Work For You
We know you don’t want to sue anyone, we can lead you through the administrative process to get your needs met and your bills paid without filing a lawsuit. You may prefer to handle your injury on your own, but you may never get your company’s workers’ comp policy to pay for all the treatment you need to actually, completely recover. Without a lawyer representing you, you may never be compensated for an injury that will limit your ability to provide for yourself for the rest of your life.
You don’t have to accept that your future will be limited by pain and disability until you are certain that you are heard and treated by doctors that care about your recovery, not what they’ve been told by a workers’ comp agent.
If you are worried that your on-the-job injury is being treated incorrectly, give us a call. We offer free consultations, and we’re happy to give you an opinion based on our experience. No pressure, no obligation.