According to the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries, whether you work in a hospital, restaurant or construction site, everyone is entitled to a safe and healthy workplace. Despite most employers’ best efforts, there are over 6,000 reported work-related incidents each year.
The two most common types of workplace incidents are an accident that injures a worker or an injury due to repetitive exposure such as a frequent motion causing carpal tunnel syndrome. Exposure to toxicities, which can cause chronic ailments, is another example of an occupational disease contracted at some workplaces. On the national level, in 2015 there were 3 non-fatal work place injuries per 100 workers as reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Being suddenly out of a job because you are injured or unable to do the work in the field you have been trained for due to an accident can be a frightening prospect for any worker. The attorneys at Putnam Lieb and Potvin are ready to help you return safely to your existing job or find the training you need for a new career.
When you are no longer able to perform your work duties due to a workplace injury, the system can be confusing and overwhelming. A workers’ compensation attorney can help you navigate the options and get quick access to the medical care needed to get back to work. The journey of returning to the original job or perhaps trading fields can be a difficult and emotional one without adequate representation.
An attorney at Putnam Lieb and Potvin can also help you negotiate the right time to return to work. Going back to work too soon can be detrimental to proper recovery, while waiting too long can create a mental barrier that inhibits success. This decision is just one more reason that retaining representation in the face of a workplace injury is so important.
The ultimate goal of the attorneys at Putnam Lieb and Potvin is to help each worker resume their pre-injury lifestyle. An attorney will help a worker to maximize the their benefits. In some cases an attorney along with a vocational counselor can help you to attain an even better job than you had with additional training and educational opportunities.
There is no charge for a consultation and all attorney fees are contingent, meaning you will only pay a percentage of the benefits you receive. For more information on Putnam Lieb Potvin, visit their website at www.putnamlieb.com
Putnam Lieb Potvin, Attorneys at Law
907 Legion Way SE in Olympia