Often, when a construction or demolition worker is injured on a faulty scaffold, or when a construction hole caves in, or a roof or ladder collapses, the supervisor on site, or the boss himself, will offer cash to the worker not to file a Workers’ Compensation case or a Personal Injury case. The cash will often come with a promise to pay all medical bills and to hold your job open. What the boss never tells you is that your case may be worth many, many times more money than he is offering you. He also isn’t going to tell you that he may be conspiring with his insurance company to offer you cash and promises in order to keep you from pursuing your right to the full protection of Workers’ Compensation and Personal Injury laws and benefits. You do not have to let them get away with this!
You have no legal obligation to file any kind of law suit. However, it is important to remember that many employers will promise to hold a job open, and promise to come up with more cash–but time and time again clients have come to me after learning that their employers had no intention of honoring their promises.
Before you decide whether to take your employer’s money, or instead to bring a Workers’ Compensation and Personal Injury case, you should at least find out what your cases are worth. A consultation with me is free and completely private. I have taught more than a hundred classes in Workers’ Compensation and Personal Injury laws, to victims of scaffold collapses, of faulty elevators and elevator shafts, of roof and ladder collapses and falling objects–and it’s in my capacity as a teacher that I meet with new accident victims who are uncertain whether to file claims.
You owe it to yourself to get all the information you need to make the best decision for yourself and your family.