Why should the Workers’ Compensation Claimants Hire an Attorney?

WORKERS’ COMPENSATION

Injured workers may often reflect on whether they should hire an attorney to gain their workers’ compensation benefits if the system itself permits them to collect their lost wages, have their medical expenses paid, as well as allowing them access to vocational retraining if it is required.  However, the process involved is not as simple as it seems as the real scene is quite the opposite and complicated as well.  Only the services of an outstanding and proficient workers’ compensation attorney can help you get out of this crucial and tricky situation with the best positive outcome for you.  Such an attorney can help you in various ways which include:

  • An attorney can help you ensure that you inform the court about your medical condition(s), needs, and requirements, in addition to helping you secure the medical benefits and treatment to which you are
  • Workers’ Compensation attorney can help you if your employer denies your claim.
  • A knowledgeable and distinguished attorney can not only inform you of the legal procedures involved, they can also guide you through the claim process by helping you with things such as the submission of required documents within the set time limit and providing the judge with the adequate evidence and documentation to support your claim.  Remember that if these obligations are not entirely and timely fulfilled your claim(s) can be dismissed.
  • An attorney can help you obtain the services of an alternative health provider (i.e.: a provider other than the one assigned by your employer).
  • An attorney can also help accelerate unduly delayed benefits and help you file a complaint regarding unjustified denials.
  • An attorney can help you file a lawsuit against your employer if they demote or dismiss you for filing a workers’ compensation claim.
  • An attorney can also help you gain additional compensation if you are injured through the use of defective tools or products, or if your injury is the result of a third party (someone outside of your employer).
  • An attorney can help you challenge adverse decisions made either by your employer, the employer’s insurance company or your States Workers’ Compensation Division.
  • An attorney can also help you file a case against the employer if they fail to provide you with the modified work environment that is recommended by your doctor or if they harass you after your return to

Contact the Law Office of Andrew S. Kasmer P.C., to obtain fair and square compensation for the troubles you face due to your work-related injuries.  Our diligent attorneys put all their effort into victoriously getting you out of this difficult situation of your life.

Workers’ Compensation: Your Rights and Benefits

Workers’ Compensation law was formed to protect injured workers.  Prior to the institution of these laws, industry giants were not required to bear the costs for on the job injuries.  So, Workers’ Compensation laws were created to provide employees with rights to protect themselves in the event of an on the job accident.

As was the case 100 years ago, it is just as important for employees of today to know their rights should they be injured at work.  Failure to know and assert your rights in a timely manner could result in lost benefits, both medical and monetary.

What is Workers’ Compensation?

Workers’ Compensation is a state required insurance program that provides compensation, medical treatment, and other relief to workers who are injured at work.  Workers’ Compensation benefits are different from state to state because every state has its own set of laws and programs.

Which medical expenses covered under Worker’ Compensation?

Although each state has its own rules and regulations, workers’ compensation laws typically provide the following coverage:

  • Hospital and medical expenses required to diagnose and treat your injuries, which includes doctor visits, medication, and surgery.
  • Vocational Rehabilitation benefits, to include job placement, counselling, and retraining.  In certain instances, the various laws also cover education and training required to regain the necessary skills and abilities to return to work.
  • Wage loss in the form of monetary benefits that covers an injured worker’s lost wages while they are recovering from their injuries.
  • Permanency claims for a person whose injuries do not result in a 100% recovery, which is typically a monetary award paid as a result of an accident at work.  This permanency award can be paid in a lump sum or over a period of time depending on the circumstances of the case and the place of accident.
  • Death benefits may be provided to the relatives of an injured worker whose accident results in death.  The financially dependent relatives (spouse, child, parent, or sibling) of a deceased worker whose work-related injury resulted in death may be entitled to reco

Which conditions, injuries, and/or illnesses are covered under Workers Compensation Laws?

Employees may make a claim and receive benefits for the following injuries and illnesses, based upon the location of your accident, some or all of the following may result in benefits:

  • Injuries caused by an accident such as a slip, trip, or fall;
  • Injuries caused due to the overuse or misuse of instruments or machines over a long period of time (repetitive stress injuries or chronic pain from work-related exertion); and
  • Illnesses that gradually arise or result from work conditions (heart diseases, lung diseases, or stress-related problems).

Contact the Law Offices of Andrew S. Kasmer P.C., if you have been injured at work, whether or not your employer or their insurance company has paid or denied you benefits because our experienced, diligent, and compassionate attorneys and staff will help you obtain the maximum monetary award and benefits to which you are entitled to under the law.