Thousands of people are injured on the job every year. A recent story in the Washington Post tells the story of a Sports reporter who was severely injured while doing an interview.
The article illustrates some of the difficulties injured people face when they make claims and why it’s crucial to get a lawyer when you’ve been hurt.
Lindsay Simpson, a talented up and coming reporter was at a stadium, preparing for an interview when a piece of metal unexpectedly fell and struck her in the head, seriously injuring her.
Simpson suffered a traumatic brain injury that has profoundly affected her life. She filed a workers compensation claim; “workers compensation” insurance applies when people become injured on the job. Because Simpson was working, she was able to file a worker’s compensation claim.
Unfortunately, insurance companies providing Worker’ compensation coverage often don’t treat injured employees fairly. In this case, the insurance company hired a doctor who denied that Simpson was struck in the head with a piece of metal – a ridiculous position. The one thing that no one should be disputing is that Simpson was hit in the head by a piece of metal and injured. Unfortunately, insurance companies can hire experts who will say just about anything to help the insurance company avoid paying fair (or any) compensation.
As a Personal Injury Lawyer, I’ve experienced similar circumstances. A client of mine (who will remain anonymous) was hurt on the job and filed a worker’s compensation claim. Several doctors, including doctors hired by the insurance company, concluded in good faith that he needed cervical spine surgery.
Then the insurance company hired another doctor, who is well known to be a captive of the insurance industry, who said my client didn’t need the neck surgery. This was an absurd, medically indefensible position, but the insurance company didn’t care.
I understand and recognize the games insurance companies play. And I don’t put up with it.
If you’ve been injured on the job, immediately seek the necessary medical treatment you need and then contact an experienced Personal Injury Lawyer.
The Leader Law Firm offers free case consultations. Contact us to schedule a consultation at (520) 575-9040.