After suffering an injury at work, you might be confused and unsure of the next steps. Aside from the stress, you are likely facing mounting medical bills and lost time at work, resulting in lost income. Fortunately, you may be eligible to receive workers’ compensation benefits. Gerling Law is ready to help you.
What Is Workers’ Compensation?
Workers’ compensation is a type of insurance employers provide for employees to protect them in the event of an on-the-job accident or work-related illness. If you’ve suffered an injury on the job, workers’ compensation can help cover the costs of your injuries and provide financial help for lost wages.
Workers’ comp benefits can help cover:
- Medical expenses,
- Costs of ongoing care,
- Disability, and
- Lost wages.
And should an employee pass away due to their work injuries, workers’ comp will also cover funeral expenses.
If you are an employee covered by workers’ compensation insurance and suffer a workplace injury, you may only seek compensation through workers’ comp benefits. In most circumstances, the law does not allow you to sue your employer for compensation if workers’ comp covers your injuries.
But the workers’ compensation process can be challenging to navigate alone. Having the help of workers’ comp lawyers in Evansville, Indiana can give you peace of mind knowing your claim is in the right hands.
Workers’ Comp and Third-Party Claims
While you cannot directly sue your employer for recovery after a workplace accident and injury, you may have a claim against a third party. If a third party plays a role in your accident or injury, you may have the opportunity to seek compensation by filing a claim against them. It is best to discuss your case with a qualified workers’ compensation attorney. Your lawyer will gather details, ask all the right questions, and handle your claim all the way through, working diligently to get you fair compensation.
Common Work-Related Injuries
Workplace accidents can result in a variety of injuries. Some of the most common injuries include:
- Fractured and broken bones;
- Joint injuries;
- Head and neck injuries;
- Back injuries;
- Spinal cord injuries and paralysis.
If you’ve suffered an injury while on the job, you have a right to seek workers’ compensation benefits. Aside from getting medical help, your first step should always be reporting your accident to your immediate supervisor or employer. They will then get the claims process started. After reporting the incident, seek assistance from an Evansville workers’ comp attorney.
How an Evansville Injury Lawyer Can Help You
Workers’ compensation claims are complicated, but an attorney can help you navigate the process. Your attorney will help you from start to finish by:
- Explaining the process and benefits;
- Gathering all relevant information and documentation;
- Negotiating with the insurance company for a fair settlement; and
- Representing you at a hearing, if necessary.
Handling your claim alone may feel overwhelming, and you might be unsure of what benefits you are entitled to. But when your workers’ comp claim is in the hands of an experienced attorney, you can be confident that they are working toward the fairest resolution for you.
Consult with One of Our Evansville Workers’ Comp Attorneys
Gerling Law has been helping clients injured at work for over 50 years. Our firm operates on strong core values, meaning we put clients and their needs first, we work with integrity, and we care about the quality of our work and client relationships. We understand the challenges you face, and we’re ready to help you. Contact us today, and let’s begin working together.
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