Let Us Help You In Your Time Of Need
If you have been injured at work or while performing your job duties, you are likely entitled to workers’ compensation. If you have trouble getting workers’ compensation, or if you feel you are being treated unfairly, or that you should have received more benefits, give us a call. Our team can deal with all aspects of workers’ compensation—from the first report of injury to the Medical Treatment Guidelines.
Workers’ compensation is a form of insurance required by law for all employers to have in place to protect their injured workers. It provides wage replacement and medical benefits to any employee that gets injured in the course of their employment.
Life changes when an income-earner is injured and is out of work for any period of time. Under the workers’ compensation system, the injured worker will only receive 66 2/3 percent of their average weekly wage, subject to a maximum compensation rate. But, the day-to-day living expenses do not change and this can severely impact family relationships and financial stability that we all seek.
The Law Office of Wolff & Wolff is keenly aware of how unsettling a work accident can be. We know how to help you navigate this complex system and why we work to help you get the workers’ compensation benefits you need to move forward from the injury. Call us and we will put our years of legal experience to work for you.
We can help you avoid costly mistakes and also help you:
- Calculate your current and future medical bills;
- Complete the required forms and submit them on time;
- Determine your level of disability;
- Navigate the Medical Treatment Guidelines so that you obtain the medical treatment in a timely and efficiently manner;
- Choice of physician issues and whether you should sign any forms submitted to you by the insurer;
We strive to help you during your workers’ compensation case. We do not take the legal fee of 20% that many law firms take to handle your case. It is our philosophy that we are there for you in your times of trouble and you are only living on 66% of your income, while your bills and obligations have not changed. We fight for your rights no matter what—even if that means taking your case to trial. We have your back during your times of need.
If you get hurt at work, it is important to report the workplace injury as soon as possible to make sure the benefits are not interrupted or delayed. It is very important to report the injury within the first 30 days. You have one year to file a workers’ compensation claim. The injured worker should be as specific as possible when first reporting the accident, such as including names of witnesses, location, cause, and time of day of the injury. Typically, a drug test can be ordered. The employer may require the injured employee to submit to a medical examination by the employer’s choice of physician. The employee is entitled to treat with his own choice of physician and the choice in every necessary field must be made with care.
Let The Wolff Pack Have Your Back
While injured workers have their choice of physician, so does the insurance company. A physicians testimony can greatly influence a claimant’s medical treatment and in turn, the recovery or money a client receives. An insurance company will usually exercise the option of sending an injured worker to a Second Medical Opinion (SMO) and that doctor often will write an opinion regarding the medical treatment and ability to work for an injured worker that may determine the outcome of the case. Typically, the physician sees the injured worker one time for a limited period of time.
Some of the common types of injuries we often see include:
- Head injuries, including concussions or traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) from falling objects;
- Muscular injuries, torn ligaments, rotator cuff sprains and herniated disks from lifting, pushing or other physical activities;
- Repetitive stress injuries caused by repeated movements that can damage the nerves, tendons, and muscles, including tendinitis and bursitis;
- Bone injuries and amputated or crushed limbs;
- Hearing loss or damage;
- Construction accidents;
- Sickness from exposure and toxins, including mesothelioma or Black Lung;
- Various injuries to the spinal cord, back, shoulder, eyes, knees, neck, hip, respiratory organs, ankles, wrists, feet and hands;
A worker can be injured in many ways: accidents, lack of training, machinery defects, or hazardous working environments. However, fault does not come into play in workers’ compensation, except in a few circumstances. Workers’ compensation is a no-fault system that compensates injured workers without regard to negligence or fault.