A worker’s compensation attorney is a lawyer who helps the employees who become victims of illness or any injuries at the workplace.
What does he or she do?
The job of the attorney is to help the employee in getting his or her compensation fees for the damage caused. The attorney fights so that the employee gets the benefits that he or she deserves. Depending on the severity of the injury caused, the benefits vary. The benefits that an employee can get are permanent (total and partial) disability benefits, temporary partial disability benefits, vocational rehabilitation benefits, and medical benefits.
The worker’s compensation law of India was introduced on 5th March, in the year 1923. Most of the states started to implement this act. According to the worker’s compensation law, the employees who get injured at the workplace or those who are subjected to severe illness, irrespective of the reason, should get the compensation based on the severity and type of injury or illness caused.
Who all apply to this act?
- The act applies to all citizens of India, except the citizens of Jammu and Kashmir.
- The act applies to all the organizations or companies that have employees working in India and abroad as well.
- The act applies to all the railway servants even if they are employed for a temporary period.
- The act applies to all the employees working in hazardous companies, mines, chemical factories, construction sites, etc.
If a person encounters any occupational disease, i.e. disease that occurs because of his work, then a person is eligible for the worker’s compensation act. For example, a person working in mines may experience respiratory disease called Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder (COPD). In such cases, the person will get compensation fees.
When to hire an attorney?
It is recommended to hire the attorney as soon as possible after your injury. Once an injury or damage has occurred, seek medical help using your medical card and then talk to the attorney. An experienced and efficient attorney will guide you to overcome this difficult process and thus you can get the benefits easily.
A bankruptcy attorney is also of great help. Bankruptcy is a challenging task that involves tough decision making and extreme paperwork which cannot be handled by a normal person. To get the paperwork and the bankruptcy process done right, you will have to take the help of a bankruptcy attorney.