Understanding Your Rights in Workers’ Compensation Cases
What You Need to Know About Workers’ Compensation
If you have been injured on the job, you probably have a lot of questions and not very many answers. How do I file a workers’ compensation claim? What type of benefits am I entitled to receive? How am I going to survive? These are all important questions that deserve serious answers. There are times, however, that it can be difficult for an injured worker to get the help they need.
An experienced workman’s comp lawyer can help you to navigate the process. At the Lakewood, Colorado, firm Law Offices of Robert Paysinger, P.C., we work diligently to help our clients get the benefits they need after a workplace injury. Attorney Robert Paysinger has been practicing workers’ compensation law in the Denver area for over 30 years.
Know Your Rights
There are many issues that you need to be aware of in the process of filing a workers’ compensation claim. Below are some of the considerations that regularly need to be addressed.
Wage Reimbursement: If you are on temporary total disability (TTD) you are entitled to receive two-thirds of your average weekly wage when you are unable to work. If you are on temporary partial disability (TPD) and your doctor allows you to work part-time, you should receive 100% of the wages for the hours you worked and two-thirds of the wages for the balance of the time.
Obtaining Medical Care: Your employer is obligated to give you the names of two doctors who are not at the same clinic. If you do not receive two names, you may be entitled to select your own doctor. You should always go to the workers’ comp doctor first. We will take the time to help you understand your rights and your options.
Maximum Medical Improvement (MMI): Once you have reached a point of maximum medical improvement, the doctor will release you from care under workers’ compensation. If you disagree with the doctor’s analysis, you have 30 days to file an objection. We can represent you in this process, work to keep your case open and help you understand your options.
Getting Fired After Filing a Claim: If you have been fired, you will continue to receive benefits, including medical care and TTD, until you have reached MMI and a final admission of liability is issued. Once the final admission of liability has been issued, the insurance company converts TTD to permanent partial disability.
Mileage: You are entitled to be reimbursed for any mileage traveled for the purpose of receiving medical care for a workplace injury.
Attorneys Fees: Attorneys fees in workers’ compensation cases are established by statute and are set at 20 percent of the total recovery.
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Contact our office today for a free initial consultation. You can reach a representative from our firm at any time of the day or night. Call 303-279-0221 for immediate assistance or send us an e-mail for a response on the following business day.
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