Answers To Common Questions About Workers’ Compensation
If you were injured on the job, you deserve compensation for your medical bills and lost wages. Matheny, Hahn & Denman, L.L.P., is the oldest law firm in Huntington County. If you suffered a job-related injury, you can rely on our attorneys to help you pursue the workers’ compensation benefits you need and deserve.
Our Indiana firm offers free consultations to review your case and inform you of your legal options. We will meet with you in either our Huntington or Fort Wayne office. If your injuries prevent you from traveling, we will visit you during your hospitalization or in the comfort of your home.
We are here to answer questions such as:
What Is Workers’ Compensation?
Workers’ compensation, or workers’ comp, is an accident insurance program provided by your employer. Compensation for work injuries typically includes wage loss, medical bills and rehabilitation.
How Do You Know Whether You Have A Case?
Our experienced workers’ compensation lawyers know how to evaluate the circumstances specific to your case. We will inform you about your rights and protect your best interests by fighting for the financial recovery you deserve.
Which Injuries Does Workers’ Compensation Cover?
Any injury sustained while completing your job requirements typically qualifies for workers’ compensation. This may include falls from heights, burns, equipment accidents, repetitive stress, slip-and-falls, toxic chemical exposure and other job hazards. It doesn’t have to be a work accident or specific incident. Workers’ comp also covers injuries and impairments that develop over time from the rigors of your job, such as back injuries from lifting, shoulder injuries from repetitive motions, or carpal tunnel syndrome.
How Soon After Your Injury Should You File A Claim?
You must immediately file an injury report with your employer. The statute of limitations on workers’ compensation claims allows you to seek recourse for up to two years from the date of your injury. However, you would be wise to act as soon as possible. Medical treatment and medical records are critical. If you delay seeing a doctor or do not report the injury, the insurance company or employer may not believe your impairment is work-related or serious enough to merit benefits.
What Happens If You Receive A Claim Denial?
If your claim is denied or you have a dispute with your employer or their insurance company, our firm can help you appeal your case. If necessary, we will represent you during a hearing with a workers’ compensation judge to fight for your workers’ comp benefits.
Can I Be Fired For Filing A Workers’ Comp Claim?
No, Indiana law prohibits employers from terminating or otherwise retaliating against employees who report a work injury and claim workers’ compensation benefits. If that happened, you would be able to sue your employer in civil court.