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Why It's Important to Think Long-Term

When determining proper compensation for a work-related injury, it's, of course, important to think short-term...but it's also incredibly imperative to look long-term as well.

Will this injury hamper your ability to perform future tasks? Future work? Seek future employment?

Just recently, a worker was injured after his arm was caught in the gears of a street sweeper he was fixing. His arm ended up being broken in a few different places, and he feared the worst because his side job is a professional jazz drummer. 

Luckily, he is expected to make a full recovery. However, it got us thinking about how we would have determined compensation in this case.

Had this work-related injury been even more severe, his career & aspirations for his second career would have ended...and should be taken into consideration.

Too often, when dealing with a workers' compensation case, too many attorneys & their clients just focus on what they should receive for the near future...not realizing that some of these injuries can have long-lasting effects. These effects could be physical, mental, and even emotional. 

If you have been injured while on the job or doing a job-related activity, you are eligible for workers' compensation. It's imperative that you know your company's policy, but as we've seen far too often, sometimes those policies are filled with exceptions that have been put in to try and keep your employer from being liable.

If you've been injured at work, call Eric, Randy, and Sarah at 515-225-4485.

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