It was unnerving for our client, a union iron worker, to “sue” his employer when he slipped and fell while attempting to rig a steel joist. He was relieved to learn that Workers Compensation is a benefit he was entitled to receive.

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With help from Jarve Kaplan Granato Starr, our client received $400,000 in Workers Compensation benefits related to his back and arm injuries. He also recovered an additional $800,000 for his pain and suffering.

 

If you are injured while in the course and scope of your employment, you are entitled to Workers Compensation benefits. You are not required to prove negligence or fault by your employer. You are making a claim for benefits due you from the Workers Compensation insurance company that insures your employer. You may be surprised to learn that employees cannot sue their employers except in the most egregious circumstances. Unless a third party was the cause of your injury, Workers Compensation will be your sole source of recovery.

In general, injured workers are entitled to the following benefits:

  • Payment of medical bills
  • Temporary disability benefits
  • Permanent partial or total disability benefits
  • Rehabilitative or job training benefits
  • Death benefits, if the worker dies of the work related injury

However, Workers Compensation insurers rarely volunteer payment for permanent partial or total disability benefits. JKGS will file a Claim Petition on your behalf and work to maximize your recovery and get you the full benefits you are entitled to under the law. You should know the attorney fee is set by statute and must be approved by the Workers Compensation Court.

Compensation claims include benefits for the following injuries and illnesses:

  • Spinal injuries, usually involving the neck and low back
  • Shoulder, knee, elbow and other joint related injuries
  • Amputations of the fingers, hand, arm, foot, leg or other body parts
  • Burns—including fire, electrical, chemical or explosion
  • Disfigurement and scarring
  • Exposure to toxic chemicals and substances
  • Work related heart attacks, strokes or stress related illnesses
  • Vision and hearing problems
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Emotional and neuropsychiatric problems

If you have suffered a serious personal injury or have lost a loved one due to personal injury, please contact our firm to discuss your potential case.

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