A work related injury or illness which occurs as the result of events in the work environment are typically covered under the employer’s worker’s compensation insurance. However, there are exceptions and in some cases an employee may sue for damages caused by those injuries.
Once avenues are pursued through insurance companies and employer negotiations, an employee may exercise the right to file a civil suit. It is recommended they have the assistance of a personal injury attorney.
Why would a client need an investigator to work with their attorney in a personal injury claim?
An accomplished private investigator working with an attorney can provide invaluable help to the case throughout the settlement or litigation process.
An investigator can work for either plaintiff attorneys or defense attorneys to provide unbiased information, documents, and witness testimony. They can supply the needed information to establish liability in the claim and help determine whether it should move forward towards a settlement or trial.
Experienced investigators can best document and analyze information for all legal and regulatory entities and, whether used in court or not, the evidence furnished will expedite the case. The quality of the investigation can often determine the outcome of the client’s claim.
Beyond worker’s compensation
Most employers are required to carry worker’s compensation insurance, but according to an attorney advice website, “Although workers’ compensation can provide money and benefits to an injured worker, temporary disability and permanent disability payments are usually quite low and don’t compensate the worker for things like pain and suffering. Workers’ compensation also does not provide punitive damages to punish an employer for poor safety controls or dangerous conditions. That’s why it’s important for injured workers to understand their rights to bring a case outside of the workers’ compensation system.” (NOLO)
If an employee feels they are entitled to file a claim or civil suit due to negligence of an employer, the burden of proof is on them to show fault. With the support of a competent investigator, the evidence collected will aid in building the case properly and legally.
A personal injury attorney will screen all cases and know if a client is exaggerating their claims. Once again, the investigator will interview witnesses, doctors, and co-workers that can provide information regarding the client’s character, work ethic and honesty to lend credibility to the claim should it go to court.
Management Resources of NY has over 20 years experience in the field of personal injury investigations and work with attorneys to provide the best possible solution to their cases.
Management Resources of New York is a professional investigative firm licensed in New York and New Jersey, members of the New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Associated Licensed Detectives of New York, and Founding Members and Regional Directors of Investigating Innocence.
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