Basics of Workers’ Compensation

Basics of Workers’ Compensation

Here is some information on the basics of workers’ compensation. If you have been injured at the workplace or a job site, you could be eligible to receive workers’ compensation. Contact our experienced Buffalo workers’ compensation lawyers today.

Basics of Workers’ Compensation | Overview

A general overview of workers’ comp would be that it pays a percentage of wages as long the disability lasts, covers all medical treatment related to the accident (including mileage from visits to the doctor), and it pays a specified amount for permanent injuries to certain body parts once you reach your best possible recovery level — referred to as reaching maximum medical improvement. We obtain opinions for the scheduled loss of use for the affected body part, which corresponds with a dollar amount which is reduced by the amount of benefits previously paid. You receive a lump sum scheduled loss award and are still protected for treatment necessitated by your accident. Workers’ comp does not pay for pain and suffering or punitive damages.   Download Our Workers’ Compensation Guide

Basics of Workers’ Compensation | Filing a Claim

If you get hurt at work, always report the injury to your employer as quickly as possible. Every workplace is different, but the best approach is to immediately give the employer written notice. That notice does not satisfy the claim-filing requirement, which requires that a C-3 form be filed with the workers’ compensation board. Proper filing of your claim is best handled by a workers’ compensation lawyer, who will complete that C-3 form and file it for you.

Basics of Workers’ Compensation | Hire an Attorney

Taking on the workers compensation system can be extremely difficult because so many issues pop up as your case progresses. You won’t know the answers to questions about the correct weekly benefit amount, based on your average weekly wage and degree of disability. Disputing your medical bills may occur as time goes on and you’ll need a knowledgeable advocate. You need a lawyer to navigate the workers compensation system because the workers compensation board is a neutral party that will not help you. Neither will the workers compensation carrier, the insurance company. They are there for the benefit of the insured company. Your employer is not likely to help you through the handling of your workers compensation claim. You need a representative who knows how to address your workers compensation claim to go to bat for you. Find out if you need a workers’ compensation attorney on your side to help with your claim. Contact us today to schedule a confidential consultation. Let our 45 years of experience work for you.

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