If you’ve been seriously injured at work, then you need an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer in Springdale that can successfully fight for your legal rights. Sometimes employers don’t treat their staff fairly or ignore injury reports. Often, insurance companies are unwilling to provide a fair offer voluntarily.
At Walker & Harp, we promise to fight relentlessly to get you the compensation you deserve.
In Springdale, Arkansas, workers’ compensation fully covers your medical expenses and also gives you a portion of your lost wages.
As an injured or ill worker in Arkansas, you are eligible for the following benefits:
There are some worker classifications that tend to be excluded from coverage, such as independent contractors, business owners, volunteers, domestic employees, and agricultural employees.
Standard workers’ compensation claims against an employer do not need to prove fault. Any workplace injury that doesn’t include drugs, deliberate action, or fighting is usually eligible for compensation. However, there are incidences in which a person is injured because someone not connected to the organization is at fault. In these cases, the employee can bring a third-party liability claim in addition to a workers’ compensation claim.
Common examples of cases that warrant a third-party claim include defective machinery or equipment that caused an injury. There are, however, countless other examples. Because workers’ compensation doesn’t cover punitive damages, mental anguish, and pain and suffering, third-party claims may be necessary if someone outside of the employee’s organization is at fault.
The first and most important step is to notify your employer immediately once you’ve been injured. A verbal notification may be best for immediacy, but make sure you follow up in writing as soon as possible.
Once you’ve filed your incident report, you should be cleared to see a doctor. You might have a favorite physician, but to protect your eligibility, it’s imperative that you see the doctor that your employer or their insurance company recommends. In Arkansas, there is a managed care system for workers’ comp claims. This means that there are pre-determined rules about covered treatments.
After the extent of your injuries has been determined, your employer’s insurance company will approve or deny the claim and award benefits. You shouldn’t have to pay any out-of-pocket medical expenses, and you should receive monetary compensation within 14 days. If there are any delays, denials, or issues, it is imperative to get in touch with an attorney who can advocate for your rights.
With nearly 80,000 residents, Springdale is a vibrant and growing community. It’s been ranked on several best places to live lists by 24/7 Wall St, Money Magazine, and Good Call. Springdale has a vibrant economy and industrial community, making our work here vital to protecting the rights and safety of the residents.
Our law firm will build a strong case on your behalf, using any means necessary. You can trust our team at Walker & Harp to walk you through this complicated process. We want you to take this time to focus on your recovery. We’ll take care of the rest.
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WALKER LAW GROUP, PLC. is located in Fort Smith, AR and primarily serves clients in and around Fort Smith, Van Buren, Greenwood, Alma, Clarksville and Northwest Arkansas.
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