If you were injured at work so badly that you are out of sick time and vacation time, and you are unable to return to your job but your employer is trying to force you, you need to get legal representation. If they are trying to deny you worker's compensation as well, a lawyer should quickly look at your case.
These cases can be detailed and controversial, so you want them to start working on the case immediately. Consider these things while moving forward with your legal consultation.
Provide Factual Evidence
A lawyer will not go into a case for worker's compensation unless they know they have a strong case and solid evidence to back it up. Too many people try to get compensation fraudulently, so a legal professional won't risk their reputation if they aren't sure about the case.
The factual evidence will be medical statements and proof that you are incapable of working your job, and that it was caused by an injury at work. You must be able to prove when, where, and how the injury took place.
If you are unable to do your job because of the injury, your employer may try to offer you another type of position until you are able to make a full recovery. This may mean going from heavy lifting or standing for long hours, to answering phones or helping in other areas.
If the employer wants you to work another position and your lawyer thinks you are capable, they will negotiate for you to keep your same level of pay. This way there are no financial losses until you resume your normal position. If you can't work at all, they will have to fill out the proper paperwork to make sure you get your pay.
If your lawyer thinks that you are being harassed, that you are being treated unfairly, or that there are other legally controversial activities going on, you may have more than a worker's compensation case. Don't hesitate to get a lawyer as soon as you notice that your employer doesn't want to claim responsibility for the injury that occurred, and when they don't want to pay you the compensation that is owed to you. There are a lot of things that you will have to get in order, but once you have all the evidence compiled you'll be ready to get the case underway.
For more information, reach out to a local worker's compensation law firm.