When You've Been Hurt on the Job, You Need Slocumb Law Firm Working for You
Workers compensation, sometimes referred to as workers comp, provides employees with monetary assistance if they suffer an occupation-related injury or illness. Even if your workers comp claim is denied at first, an attorney at Mike Slocumb Law Firm may be able to help you file an appeal.
Workers compensation often helps to avoid lawsuits, as it both financially helps the employee and legally protects the employer. But that doesn't mean these claims always go smoothly. In fact, it's wise to arrange a free consultation with one of our lawyers if you have any questions.
Some injuries may pose grave health risks, such as a spinal cord injury, while others may limit an employee's ability to work even if their life is not threatened by the condition. Such injuries include back injuries, repetitive motion injuries, such as carpal tunnel, and traumatic injuries or reactions to substances or chemicals at the workplace.
More information about on-the-job injuries and your rights
- What Does Workers' Compensation Pay For?
- Hiring an Attorney for Workers' Compensation Claims
- Asbestos and Mesothelioma
- Toxic Exposure
Workers' compensation provides funds for:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Vocational training
- Mental and emotional harm
- Death benefits, such as funeral expenses, if the situation ended in the death of the employee
Employees can receive funds once their injury makes them unable to earn full wages for three consecutive days or their injury requires medical attention. The amount they receive is roughly 75% of their spendable earnings per week.
If you have been injured at work and believe you are entitled to workers compensation, the right lawyer can make all the difference in recovering the maximum benefits you deserve under the law. A workers compensation attorney will be able to advise you about the procedures for protecting your workers compensation benefits, and for guarding against the early termination of benefits.
Even if you receive the maximum amount of workers compensation benefits, it may not be enough to cover all the expenses you have incurred as a result of your injury. A third party-such as a manufacturer, contractor or someone else whose actions may have been careless-may also be liable for your injuries.
Perhaps the most tragic aspect of asbestos-related illnesses is that victims may exhibit few or no symptoms for decades after exposure to asbestos material. From lung cancer to asbestosis to mesothelioma, the illnesses often become evident as a person reaches an age where their health is more fragile. These illnesses often render a person unable to work and may form the grounds for a workers' compensation or Social Security Disability (SSD) claim.
Asbestos exposure has affected millions of workers who held industrial jobs. These workers breathed in airborne particles, which exposed them to the risk of developing potentially fatal lung diseases. In some cases, the workers brought home these small and light particles, which may have affected family members.
Many products common to the American home contain some asbestos; the facilities that produce or produced these are found in small towns, rural areas, and centers of heavy industry.
Mesothelioma is a serious, if not well known, disease. It has a wide range of symptoms and can affect people years after exposure to asbestos.
Mesothelioma symptoms include:
- Chest pain
- Weight loss
- Abdominal pain and swelling
- Bowel obstruction
Residents of Georgia, Alabama, Baltimore and Washington D.C. can turn to Slocumb Law Firm for environmental litigation if they have been negligently exposed to a toxic substance. A contractor may be exposed to asbestos when working on a home; a child may be exposed to lead paint chips; a worker in a school or office building may be subjected to toxic mold - we have seen dozens of cases like these and are ready to help.
Environmental contaminants can cause life-long medical impairment, and even be fatal; proper storage as well as use of powerful chemicals such as pesticides is crucial to maintaining safety. In other cases, such as the risk of mercury poisoning through use of thimerosal, the toxins are present but there is not adequate warning, so users do not take proper precautions at all.