Workers’ Compensation

Expert Workers Compensation Lawyers Matthew Kelly Associates

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Workers’ Compensation benefits may be what keep the bills paid while you’re recovering from your injuries.

Whether you pull a muscle moving boxes in the back room or you’re hit by a stray shard of metal in the shop, it’s important to immediately report any and all injuries that occur at work. Tell your supervisor and then call our office right away. Document everything you can at the time of the injury. Use your cell phone, or ask a coworker, to photograph or record a video of your injury, the scene, and any equipment or materials involved with the incident. As memories tend to fade over time, write down everything you can remember about the incident right after it happens. Please understand that, typically, employers will want you back at work as soon as possible so they pay fewer benefits. Our lawyers have your long-term health and financial well-being in mind.

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is Worker’s Compensation?

If you’re hurt on the job or contract a work-related illness and become unable to perform your duties, Workers’ Compensation benefits can help compensate you for the loss of those wages until you are able to return to work. 

What’s the difference between partial and total disability benefits?

If you sustain an injury or illness that prevents you from performing your job, you may be eligible for Partial Disability. If the situation is severe enough that you cannot do any job, Total Disability benefits may apply.

Is every injured employee eligible for Workers’ Comp?

It depends on the situation. Most employers are required to insure employees with Workers’ Comp coverage.

What types of injuries are covered?

Anyone suffering from a work-related injury, illness or disease is eligible for Workers’ Compensation benefits. There are some exceptions, like a self-inflicted injury or one that occurs while a worker performs illegal acts. If you’re hurt while you’re robbing your workplace or under the influence of illegal drugs, you won’t be covered.

What do I do if I’m hurt at work?

Report the incident to your employer immediately. If you need emergency medical treatment, make sure you get it. Although your employer may designate the doctor or facility, you should personally inform the healthcare provider that you have suffered a work-related injury. You’ll need to fill out forms that give your employer relevant information about the injury and how it was sustained. If it’s serious enough, and you miss work due to the injury, your employer is required to report it to the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation. Once the claim has been processed, your employer can either accept or deny it. If it’s denied, it’s time to appeal your case to a Workers’ Compensation judge. 

If I report my injury, could I lose my job? Should I be worried?

It is illegal for an employer to fire a worker for being injured on the job. 

I like and trust my employer. Why would I need a attorney?

Even the smallest work injury can, often surprisingly, have nasty long-term consequences. Sometimes the injury or illness is more serious than the original diagnosis. Other times, complications set in during recovery. It’s hard to predict exactly what type of response a specific individual will have to a certain injury or illness. At the end of the day, most employers will want to minimize the benefit payout and get you back to work quickly. They, and their lawyers, will be looking out for the best interests of the company. You deserve to have someone looking out for you! Knowing that experienced professionals are protecting your interests lets you rest easy while you’re recovering. Reducing your stress and eliminating unnecessary worries may even help you heal faster. Give us a call. The consultation is absolutely free and we’d be happy to answer your questions. Having a lawyer involved at the outset can smooth the process while keeping your best interests front and center.

What types of benefits will I receive?

There are four general categories of Workers’ Compensation benefits:

  1. Payments for lost wages
  2. Specific loss benefits for the lost use of body parts or scarring
  3. Medical expenses
  4. Death benefits for surviving dependents 

If I’m awarded Workers’ Comp, how long will I receive benefits?

You’ll receive benefits for as long as the injury prevents you from working…weeks, months, or even longer. 

My injury is so minor…do I really need to make a big deal about it?

You should report ANY injury that happens at work. This covers you in case the minor injury somehow becomes a bigger issue (infection, misdiagnosis, etc.). It also informs your employer about any safety issues that might affect other employees.

I found out my employer doesn’t have Workers’ Comp. Now what?

It is illegal for an employer not to carry Workers’ Compensation insurance, except in some limited situations. In most circumstances, employers are responsible for paying any bills resulting from your injury. You may also be eligible for benefits from the Uninsured Employer.

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