Helping Employees With Workers’ Compensation Claims
If you have been injured while on the job, on company time or at a company function, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. These cases are extremely fact-specific; understanding how the information you give is used and how the claims process works is critical to getting a fair settlement. As experienced workers’ compensation attorneys, when we take your workers’ compensation case, we make sure that you receive all compensation to which you are entitled.
Get All The Forms Of Compensation You Qualify For
Workers’ compensation takes many forms, not just lost wages and medical bills. Our job is to make sure that your package includes all the forms of compensation you qualify for including:
- All reasonable and necessary medical treatment and diagnosis for your injury
- Wage payment benefits while you are out of work recovering from your injury
- Vocational rehabilitation to provide you education and training if you are unable to return to your prior work due to a resulting severe disability
- Compensation for any permanent disability
It’s important to remember that the workers’ compensation claims adjuster works for the insurance company, not for you. Their job is to protect the interests of the insurance company and your company by keeping the size of your compensation package as small as possible. That’s why you need the support of a workers’ compensation law firm like Bennett & Ellison, P.C.
Steps To Take If You Have A Workers’ Compensation Claim
If you are injured while on company time, the immediate moments following the event are critical to your case. As soon as you are able, it is imperative that you do the following:
- Speak to a workers’ compensation lawyer. A lawyer is invaluable in steering you through the process and making sure you get a fair compensation package.
- Report the injury immediately. Notifying your employer will produce a time and date stamp and help to validate your claim. Your employer holds the insurance policy and is required to file the claim.
- Keep detailed records. Retain all records regarding medical and physiological testing and results. This includes things like MRI and other diagnostic scans, specialists visited, treatments and medications prescribed. Keep statements for all bills paid or due as well as receipts for out-of-pocket costs, including prescription medications and mileage to and from appointments. You should also document suggested future treatments and make a note of any psychological changes like fear of returning to your job because of your injury.
- Do not speak directly to the compensation insurance attorneys or investigators. Refer any questions they have to your attorney.
The lawyers at our firm have knowledge of the laws in Maryland and the District of Columbia and years of experience helping people file workers’ compensation claims. We can be your advocate to make sure you get fair compensation.