While everyone else runs away from a burning building, firefighters run toward it. Firefighters have one of the toughest jobs out there: it’s a job characterized by danger and injury, where dozens of firefighters are killed and thousands are injured each year.
Every year, many legitimate workers’ compensation claims are denied—leaving injured workers without the money they need to pay their medical bills and support themselves.
The so-called “gig economy” is booming right now: the number of people working a freelance gig—a job that typically pays by the hour and doesn’t include a 401k, health insurance, or other benefits—is at an all-time high. A survey done by the Pew Research Center found that 24 percent of Americans earned money in 2015 through some kind of freelance work—whether it was driving for Uber or freelance web design.
The law is not set in stone: it is ever-changing, with new laws enacted and old ones struck down every day. For lawyers, this is part of the challenge and satisfaction of practicing law. For the people seeking a lawyer’s help, however, a new law can bring worry. How will it effect their case?
In the early 1900s, in America, there were no laws in place protecting the injured worker. Workers were at the mercy of the court system to get compensation for workplace-related injuries—and they often failed. Companies typically argued that employees couldn’t be compensated if they contributed in any way to their injury or if they signed a contract (often known as a “death contract”) acknowledging the hazards of the job.
You’ve been injured at work, and you’ve heard that workers’ compensation will cover your bills. But what does workers’ compensation cover, exactly?You’ve been injured at work, and you’ve heard that workers’ compensation will cover your bills. But what does workers’ compensation cover, exactly?