No one expects to get injured at work. A severe injury that prevents you from your day-to-day activities can put tremendous strain on your financially and emotionally.
At Walker & Harp, our workers’ comp attorneys specialize in protecting your rights. For 40 years, our clients have trusted us to maximize their compensation and put them on a path to a speedy financial recovery.
Arkansas workers’ compensation makes a distinction between temporary and permanent disability, as well as total and partial disability. The amount and length of thepayments will vary, depending on this classification.
The injuries that are generally covered, include:
Employees that become ill from their jobs or sustain a workplace injury are entitled to the following benefits:
The most important thing to do to ensure your right to receive benefits is to report the injury as soon as it occurs and get immediate medical care. Depending on the severity of your workplace injury, you may need to go to the Emergency Room.
Your employer should contact their workers’ comp provider to submit a claim, called a First Report of Injury or Illness. After this document has been filed, you’ll probably be asked to see a doctor of the company’s choosing.
Even if you have a doctor you’d prefer to visit, it’s vital that you see the specified physician for your first appointment. You can always request to see another doctor later, but compliance at each step is critical to protect your workers’ compensation eligibility.
Assuming you and your employer have followed the necessary steps, you should begin receiving compensation due to your lost wages with 14 days. If there are any issues with your disbursements, get in touch with a worker’s comp attorney right away.
In some cases, a third party could be at fault for your injury. For example, your slip and fall injury could have been caused by a faulty seal coating on the floor or pavement. Or, the kickback from the machine that broke your arm could have been from a defective part made by the machine’s manufacturer.
In cases like these, you could have a third-party claim in addition to your primary workers’ compensation claim. A third-party claim can allow you to collect payment for pain and suffering and emotional stress. Depending on how egregious the negligence was from the thirdparty, you may also be rewarded punitive damages.
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