Nowadays, when it is easier to establish a close friendship with your boss, you must learn to separate business from friendship.
At our law firm, we constantly see cases of people who deserve some kind of workers’ compensation, but who take no steps to receive any kind of help due to their fear of losing their friendship with their bosses or with the owner of the company they work for. These kinds of uncomfortable situations result in employees’ unnecessary suffering which often go from the lack of medical compensation for job-related injuries to financial hardships due to lack of income.
In short, if you remain silent in order to keep a friendship, you, your family, and especially your pocket, will suffer the consequences. Also, keep in mind that it will be unfair to pay for health treatment of an injury that is work-related and that you did not cause. Similarly, if you suffer physical job-related injuries, it’s possible that due to this accident you can not perform your duties at work. Unfortunately, many companies do not care about your financial needs and won’t pay for those sick days unless there is a workers’ compensation claim on record.
If you are going through a similar situation, I want to tell you that I am also a good friend, and I understand how difficult it is to legally confront a friend. But, there are ways to file a workers’ compensation claim without losing your friendship.
Tips for filing a workers’ compensation claim
Here are the five tips that you must take into account when filing a workers compensation claim and that will give some some peace of mind when submitting a claim against your friend’s company:
The company’s insurance is the one that pays, not your boss. Remember that all companies are protected by an insurance policy that covers any incident in which the company and/or its employees are involved. Do not worry about how you’re going to hurt your boss financially, because you are not.
- Get evidence. Take pictures at the scene of the accident, also take pictures of your injuries as a result of the accident. Make sure to file an official report of the incident with the company’s human resources department and request a copy of this document. Also, keep a copy of any email or letter you receive or send that relates to the accident. This will help you to have real arguments as to why you deserve financial compensation.
- Know your rights. Familiarize yourself with the policies and procedures to file a claim in the company you work for and state you live.
- Find a lawyer to advise you. Only a lawyer with experience in workers’ compensation will explain if your situation justifies a lawsuit. Be sure to choose a reliable and recognized lawyer in the state of Georgia
- Keep in mind that the law is on your side and all states have labor laws that favor employees like you. If you are in the state of Georgia and you need a lawyer with an unquestionable record in winning workers’ compensation cases, I invite you to visit our website where you can schedule a free legal consultation.
Let’s be honest, if your boss and friend take action against you, then this really does not appreciate you as such. Therefore, be sure to talk with a lawyer who can guide you on every step of the way.
Benefits of workers’ compensation claims
If the compensation claim process is successful, you might be able to receive a weekly income replacement check. Keep in mind that in the state of Georgia there is a limit on the amount of weekly workers’ compensation benefits that you can receive, so it is important that you find a lawyer to represent you to ensure that you receive all the benefits.
For more information, call us at 404.888.8888 or check out our website to file your claim today.
Seth Bader is an Auto Accident and Personal Injury Attorney who practices in Atlanta, Rome, Savannah, Norcross, Carrollton, Georgia. He graduated from Florida State University College of Law and has been practicing law for 14 years. Seth Bader believes in fighting for the injured. Learn more about his experience by clicking here.