Suffering an injury or accident at work can be a traumatic incident. It can seriously affect your motivation to continue working and depending on how your company handles it, you could end up without a job if the blame is shifted to you. However, it’s becoming an increasingly popular option for employees to seek justice for bad working conditions and neglectful employees.
Most of the time, you’ll need to hire the help of a personal injury lawyer if you want to make a successful claim against the company you work for. Sadly, many people don’t seem to want to make that decision because they fear it’ll affect their relationship with their employer, or worse, they fear for their job safety. Here are three facts that’ll help you decide whether you want to make that decision now, or to help a friend or family member in the future.
One of the most daunting things about making a personal injury claim is the prospect of going to court. No one wants to end up going to court for any reason and they might feel anxious opposing their own employer.
However, cases only go to court when a dispute cannot be settled through a negotiation. A lawyer will be able to tell you the likelihood of this happening, but it rarely occurs because it requires both sides to disagree on who is to blame for the incident. The other dispute that might arise is over the cost of damages and how much compensation is due. But if a case does go to court, then rest assured that your lawyer will guide you every step of the way.
Most personal injury claims have a three-year grace period before it can no longer be chased. If you plan to follow through with a claim, then make sure you gather your thoughts, evidence and contact a lawyer before those three years are up or else you won’t be eligible. The exception to this rule is if the injured person is below the age of 18. In this case, a claim can be made straight away but the three-year period does not begin until their 18th birthday.
Depending on the severity of the injury, a three year period can pass by relatively quickly. It’s best to take action as swiftly as possible so that you have ample time to officially make your claim. It takes a considerable amount of time to find a suitable lawyer and also build up a case against your employer, and in the worst case scenario your chance may end before you’re able to officially make a claim.
Unfortunately, even when an injury claim seems simple to resolve, it could end up taking around a year or longer. In some cases, a complicated case can extend to three or more years until a settlement is reached.
If you feel like your injury claim is taking a considerable amount of time, you should contact your lawyer for updates and they should be happy to provide you with any information they have.