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Workmans Comp Lawyer in Springdale

Workers’ Compensation Attorney in Springdale, AR

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.

What is Covered Under Workers’ Compensation?

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:

  • 66 2/3% of your wages to a maximum. This compensation is tax-free.
  • All necessary medical care, including doctors’ visits, prescription medication, ambulance rides, rehabilitation, etc.
  • Compensation for permanent injuries. The amount depends on the part of your body affected, how bad the damage is, and how it affects your ability to work.
  • Benefits to survivors of workers who died on the job, including funeral costs. Sometimes there are also support payments issued to the dependents.
  • Costs for retraining if the injured worker seeks a new profession as a result of the injury.

Types of Injuries Covered by Workers’ Compensation

  • Repetitive motion and stress injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome, rotator cuff injuries, and chronic back pain.
  • Occupational illnesses, which are medical conditions that manifest as a result of the working conditions. Hearing loss, mesothelioma, allergies, asthma, respiratory disease, and cancer are some of the most common occupational illnesses.
  • Some emotional or mental stress injuries are also eligible for coverage. Now that conditions like heart disease and some cancers have been linked to chronic stress, employers are beginning to take it more seriously. Still, claims in this category are rare and require a skilled legal team to prove.

There are some worker classifications that tend to be excluded from coverage, such as independent contractors, business owners, volunteers, domestic employees, and agricultural employees.

Third-Party Claims

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.

How do I Get Benefits under Arkansas’ Workers’ Compensation Program?

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.

About Springdale

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.

Walker & Harp Has a Track Record of Success

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.

Contact us for a free consultation.

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Fort Smith Office
400 North 6th Street
P.O. Box 998
Fort Smith, Arkansas 72902-0998

Phone: 479-783-5000
Fax: 479-783-0420

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