You have worked for the same restaurant for ten years and you have earned your wage, your position in the kitchen, and your benefits. Your job is your livelihood and everything you have depends on being able to do your job appropriately. So what happens when you get hurt at work? What happens when your injury at work prevents you from coming into your job, working, and collecting your paycheck? You have to file for workers compensation and in this economy it is a safe bet to say that your restaurant probably won’t pay out willingly.
This is where a good lawyer can lead you through the legal battles you might have to take on. When asking for workers compensation you have to provide proof of your injury on the job. You have to report the injury through the proper channels: notifying the proper manager, filling out the proper paperwork, and keeping it all for your own records. Those employees that lack a good lawyer might find themselves pushed around and bulled by their restaurant and eventually shrugged off and not allowed the pay that is due to them. Having a lawyer in your corner sets the bar at honesty rather than a quick resolution, which is what many businesses will prefer.
Now it is true that some restaurants pay out workers compensation without any struggle but it is also a fact of life that many restaurants will refuse to do. With a licensed lawyer in your corner your restaurant will have to adhere to all legal bindings that they’ve agreed to. So if workers compensation is in your contract with the restaurant then you will receive it and not have to stress on making ends meet. Many people are worried about retribution down the line for their employer for filing for workers compensation. This is a legitimate reason to fear because a restaurant that views you as a problem can find a reason to terminate you. Having a workers compensation attorney involved will keep restaurants honest while protecting your back down the line long after your suit is settled. So as you can see it is very important to have a lawyer in your corner. They can make all the difference in the world.