Why you need a diligent and dedicated attorney to assist you in obtaining full worker's compensation benefits when injured or made sick due to conditions at your work place:
Becoming injured or sick is a stressful experience and being unable to work as a result of injury or illness only makes things worse. The pursuit of recovering benefits or compensation for your injury or illness often falls to the wayside and this can have adverse consequences for obtaining worker's compensation benefits. The reason most people hire an attorney to represent them in the recovery of worker's compensation benefits, is not only because the attorney will likely be able to get more money from their employer's insurer, but they simply do not have the time or energy to deal with the tedious and technical process of submitting their claims. Additionally, many people's claims are either offered to be severely underpaid or are flat out rejected shortly after submission by the injured or sick worker. An attorney will be able to evaluate the facts and medical records involved in your case and will be able to determine if your case is worth more than what you have been offered by the worker's compensation insurance carrier.
What benefits am I entitled to receive in a worker's compensation recovery?
A workers’ compensation lawsuit focuses on the reimbursement of reasonably necessary medical expenses and lost wages during the injured worker's healing period, as well as reimbursement for future medical expenses and lost wages. Such reasonably necessary medical expenses include, but are not limited to: surgery and hospital care costs, medications, rehabilitation and nursing care if required, as well as work hardening programs. In addition to the recovery for medical expenses and lost wages, you may be entitled to receive disability benefits if you have been so seriously injured that you cannot work or are limited in the work that you can perform. The amount of disability compensation received is directly related to your pre-taxed earnings before or at the time of your injury.
Am I eligible to receive benefits for my workplace injury or illness?
Generally, you must be unable to work for more than 7 days in order to receive weekly benefits, although medical benefits are payable from the first day of the injury. If you are off of work for more than 7 days, the insurance company must begin paying benefits from that day forward.
When will I receive my benefits for my workplace injury or illness?
Generally, you are able to receive benefits as soon as you notify your employer's worker's compensation insurance carrier. After providing notice of your injury, the insurance carrier must either pay you within 21 days of the date you gave them notice or send you a notice of denial. If you received a notice of denial, you will need to hire an attorney and will only be able to receive benefits pursuant to a worker's compensation commission or other court order.