Understanding Trademark Law Protections

Do You Know These Workers' Compensation Facts?

If you are like most people, you probably do not give much thought to your company's workers' compensation benefits. You might never expect to get injured on the job, so the topic is not in the front of your mind. However, it's important for all employees to educate themselves on this topic.

Here are some important things to consider about workers' compensation.

Workers' Compensation Benefits Aren't Based on Fault

Some employees do not file for workers' compensation benefits if they believe the work accident is their own fault. However, workers are still eligible to receive benefits even if they were at fault. For example, if a grocery store employee forgets to clean up a liquid spill and then slips on it, he or she can still file for benefits.

Workers' Compensation Benefits Will Be Denied Over Drug or Alcohol Use

After an employee suffers an injury at work, the employer will typically ask that employee to take a drug and alcohol test. If drugs or alcohol is found in the employee's system, he or she will not be eligible to receive workers' compensation benefits anymore.

Work Injuries Must Be Reported Soon

One of the biggest mistakes employees make when they are injured is not reporting the injury soon enough to their employer. In most states, you have to inform your employer about your injury within 30 days.

You May Have to See the Doctor Your Employer Selects

Depending on what state you live in, you may be required to see a doctor of your employer's choosing. However, if you do not agree with the type of treatment that doctor is recommending; you can request to get a second opinion from another physician.

It Is Illegal to Retaliate Against Employees for Filing for Workers' Compensation

A common reason why some workers hesitate to file for workers' compensation is because they think their boss will fire them. However, it is against the law for employers to terminate their workers just for filing for workers' compensation benefits. They also can't demote you or cut your pay. 

If your employer is treating you unfairly after you filed for workers' compensation, you should obtain legal advice from a lawyer soon.

As you can see, there is a lot to learn about workers' compensation. If you have further questions about the subject or have been hurt on the job, set up a meeting with a workers' compensation lawyer right away.

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Understanding Trademark Law Protections

Welcome, I'm Darby Church. I'd like to share my journey from retail manager to business owner using this website. My attempts to start a business of my own were complicated by the actions of an unethical party. In short, I shared too much information about my products and they were stolen before I could get the business off the ground. Luckily, I had already filed a trademark for those items, which meant they were protected by the law. I still had to hire a lawyer to help me win the case. I took the complaint to court to end the run of products from my unlawful competitor, so I could start running my business. The process enlightened me about the ins and outs of trademark law. I hope my experience can help you avoid the same pitfalls or fight for your products with help from a lawyer. Thanks for visiting.