Injured On Your New Job: Do You Qualify For Workers' Compensation Benefits?

If you're a new hire who receives injuries on the job because your boss refused to complete your training, you may wonder if you qualify for workers' compensation benefits. In most cases, you do qualify for benefits because you received your injuries while performing your duties. In addition, your new boss didn't properly train you, which is the reason for your injuries. A workers' comp attorney, such as at, can investigate your claim and win your benefits. Here are things a workers' compensation attorney may do to prove your case.

Investigate the Boss

Most employers develop training and orientation programs for their new employees. The programs help new hires learn the steps and practices needed to be successful on the job, as well as safely perform their duties without the risks of injuries. However, if your boss refused to complete your training, even when you wished to do so, the attorney may investigate the employer to see if they practice this behavior with all new employees.

The workers' comp lawyer may contact past employees of the company who experienced the same issues as you do now. Obtaining the records of past employees may involve going to court and requesting legal permission and documentation to do so. Once the attorney receives the evidence they need, they add it to your case and present it to the employer's insurance company.

Obtain Records of Your New Hire File

The second step to winning your workers' comp benefits is retrieving copies of your new hire file. An attorney wants to know several things:

  • Did you sign paperwork stating that you'd receive full training for your position?
  • How long would you train for your new position?
  • Did you complete your training?

If the new hire file doesn't list dates, times and signatures of the times and people training you, an attorney can use the information to show that you didn't receive the proper job training as promised in your new hire file. 

You can help a workers' comp attorney strengthen your case by going to your doctors' appointments as scheduled. If you don't keep up the appointments, the employer's insurance company may think that your injuries aren't as serious as you state. As a result, the insurance company can deny your benefits.

If you need more information about your case or the steps needed to get started, contact a workers' compensation attorney for a confidential and private appointment.