Help And Hope After An Injury On The Job
You may have heard that a workplace injury should trigger a workers’ compensation case — and you may assume your expenses will be covered after you were hurt at work. What you likely have not realized is how difficult it can be to get all compensation you are eligible for through workers’ compensation benefits. Do not expect your employer or your employer’s workers’ compensation insurer to go out of their way to make sure you know what you are eligible for. Be prepared to go after it.
Why You Need A Workers’ Compensation Lawyer
Your workers’ compensation claim may be denied from the start. This does not mean you cannot receive benefits. You may need an attorney on your side to get any benefits paid out at all. Or you may receive some benefits only to have them abruptly stop before you are back on your feet again. Working with a workers’ compensation law firm can help you overcome denials, unexplained reduction of benefits and other difficulties.
Another powerful reason to work with a lawyer is that you may also have a third-party liability claim to file. If someone besides your employer caused or contributed to the accident that injured you, you may be able to sue that individual or organization (such as a company) for damages, including compensation for pain and suffering. Your third-party liability claim award of damages will be in addition to any workers’ compensation benefits you receive.
An experienced personal injury lawyer will be able to determine whether you have a viable third-party liability claim, as well as advocate for you as you seek workers’ compensation benefits. Our lawyers are ready and willing to begin an investigation to determine how you were hurt, and who is liable to reimburse you for your expenses and losses.
A Lawyer On Your Side Can Help You Through Claims And Appeals Processes
Sachs & Hess P.C. helps injured workers fulfill requirements for receiving maximum benefits, including:
- Reporting your workplace injury to your employer in a timely manner
- Discussing details with your attorney, who will help you maximize benefits
- Seeing a doctor, getting appropriate treatment and follow-up care, and if necessary, invoking your right to a second opinion
- Preserving all records of doctors’ visits, medications, therapy appointments and medical equipment needed
- Consulting with doctors about when you are ready to go back to work part time or full time
Remember, workers’ compensation-eligible accidents may include accidents away from your employer’s site if you were performing job-related duties. If you have questions about whether your circumstances mean you do or do not qualify for workers’ compensation, contact us.
Initial Consultations Are Free
Get answers to your questions about workers’ compensation and help filing your claim or appeal. We hope to hear from you after a workplace accident. To schedule your first conversation with one of our lawyers, call 219-227-4259 or complete our online intake form.