At best, a workplace injury is an inconvenience. When the injury or illness is severe, it can also be a traumatic time for both you and your family. In addition to extreme pain and discomfort, you’re also worried about how to make ends meet, how to pay your medical bills, and how you’ll continue in your profession after your recovery.
Workers’ compensation is specifically designed to protect the rights and security of employees across the United States, but the system can be complicated and cumbersome.
To ensure you get the compensation you’re owed in a timely manner, it can be helpful to work with an experienced workers’ comp attorney. Get in touch with Walker & Harp today for a free, no-obligation consultation.
With few exceptions, any injury or illness related to your workplace that requires medical treatment is covered by workers’ compensation. This includes:
The aim of workers’ compensation is to help employees who sustained a workplace injury recover physically and financially. There are limitations to what is provided, which is why it’s essential to discuss your case with an experienced workers’ comp attorney.
In general, you should expect to receive the following benefits (when applicable):
In addition to filing a claim for workers’ compensation, you may be eligible to file a third-party claim. These claims arise when someone other than your employer or a coworker was involved in your injury. Examples include faulty equipment, a contractor or other person not affiliated with the company causing your injury, and a variety of different circumstances.
For example, if your company is renting an office, and you become ill due to a chemical that was used in the construction of the building, then the building’s developer may be liable for your injuries. Another example is when a faulty piece of machinery used in the manufacturing process causes an injury.
In addition to receiving medical care and lost wages from workers’ compensation insurance, a third-party claim could result in you receiving additional compensation in the form of pain and suffering and punitive damages.
To receive benefits under Arkansas’ workers’ compensation program, your employer must report your injury to their workers’ comp insurance carrier. In Arkansas, this process begins when your employer files a First Report of Injury or Illness.
For the process to be set in motion, it is imperative that you report your workplace injury immediately. Provide as much detail as possible about the incident, including the date, time, place, and all relevant circumstances.
After your employer files the report, you’ll be asked to see a doctor of your employer’s choosing. Compliance at every stage in the process increases your chances of a speedy settlement; however, if you have concerns at any step, get in touch with an attorney immediately.
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Workers’ compensation can be a complicated system where insurance companies strive to pay as little as possible. Protect what’s yours by working with an experienced workers’ comp attorney. With over 40 years of experience and a track record of success, lawyers are Walker & Harp will work relentlessly to ensure a speedy financial recovery for and your family.
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