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Louisville Workers’ Compensation Attorney

Louisville Workers’ Compensation Lawyer

When you’re at work, you expect your employer to have procedures and equipment to keep everyone safe. People who work in jobs that involve physical labor like construction work expect to be provided proper gear to protect themselves on-site.

But sometimes, people make mistakes, and it can cause you to get hurt on the job. That’s when you need the help of a qualified workers’ compensation lawyer. We’re here to help at Thomas Law Offices.

If you’ve been injured on the job in Kentucky, you’re entitled to receive workers’ compensation benefits that are provided to you by your employer.  If you’re not getting the benefits you need to provide for your loved ones or have been denied workers’ compensation benefits, you might be able to file a lawsuit against your employer or file an appeal. A Louisville workers’ compensation lawyer can help. We offer free consultations to discuss your case.

What Is Workers’ Comp?

According to the Kentucky Labor Cabinet, your employer pays for workers’ compensation as an accident insurance program. These benefits are there to protect you and allow you to keep providing for your family after a serious work injury.

Workers’ compensation is meant to help you get back on your feet and return to your work and everyday life. In some cases, your injury might be permanent. It might be overwhelming to think about living with a permanent change, but you can get workers’ compensation for this type of injury.

If you’re related to someone who died because of their job, you can get the benefits if you were dependent on them for support.

The four types of workers’ compensation benefits include:

  1. Medical Treatment: This benefit covers the costs of medical care required due to a work-related injury or illness. It includes doctor visits, surgeries, prescriptions, physical therapy, and other necessary treatments.
  2. Disability Benefits: Workers’ compensation provides financial support if a worker is unable to work due to a temporary or permanent disability caused by a workplace injury or illness. There are different categories of disability benefits, including temporary total disability, temporary partial disability, permanent total disability, and permanent partial disability.
  3. Rehabilitation Services: Workers who are injured or ill may need rehabilitation services to regain their ability to work. These services can include vocational training, job placement assistance, counseling, and other forms of support aimed at helping the worker return to employment.
  4. Death Benefits: If a worker dies as a result of a work-related injury or illness, workers’ compensation provides benefits to their dependents. These benefits typically cover funeral expenses and provide financial support to the deceased worker’s spouse, children, or other dependents.

In most cases, pain and suffering are not covered under workers’ compensation benefits, as they’re considered subjective. Pain and suffering typically fall under the scope of personal injury civil claims.

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What To Do if You’re Injured on the Job

Workers’ compensation is meant to provide support while your injuries heal. But you have to follow certain steps so you can get full compensation for your injuries.

  • Report Injuries and Illnesses. Any time you’re in an accident or get sick on the job, you need to inform your employer, HR, or whoever you’re supposed to report to as soon as possible. It’s important to get this on record when the accident or illness occurs so you can start getting treatment. If your injury isn’t an emergency, ask your employer where you can get medical treatment that’s covered by workers’ compensation. Guessing could leave you with hospital bills that aren’t covered. You can choose your doctor, but make sure they’re approved to work with workers’ compensation claims.
  • Keep Records. Have copies of your medical records, like visits, prescriptions, and treatments. Make sure all your injuries are covered in the records. It might also help to keep a detailed journal, so you have a personal account that details your injury, what hurts, and what you’re doing to recover. Photographs of the place where the accident happened and your injuries will strengthen your claim. It’s a good idea to take multiple photographs from different angles and to take more photographs than you think you need.
  • Get More Information. You can ask your employer for information on your workers’ compensation program. You should also look for more information from your state’s workers’ compensation office.
  • Call a Workers’ Compensation Attorney. Contact a Louisville workers’ compensation lawyer to make sure that all of your rights, benefits, and compensations are being protected.

What Should You Not Do When Filing a Workers’ Compensation Claim?

Workers’ compensation claims can be tricky. As you have a list of things you should do, there are also things that you should avoid so you don’t jeopardize your claim.

  • Wait. Don’t wait to report the incident or visit a doctor because your injuries can worsen in that time. You might lose some benefits, and you’re not treating your injuries immediately.
  • Lie. Don’t exaggerate your story. Losing credibility could cost you everything. Tell the truth and only report facts.
  • Do It Yourself. It’s best to have a lawyer help you through the claims process. Your employer could deny your claim, offer you a settlement that is lower than the cost of your bills, or if you’re now unable to work, then having a lawyer will help you file a lawsuit.
  • Leave It to Your Employer. The insurance company will have the final say on your settlement, so you shouldn’t let someone else take care of it because you probably won’t get the best settlement.
  • Give Up. An insurance company might fight every step of the process in an effort to wear you down. Don’t let this happen. Know that this process could take a while, but it’s important to stand up for yourself and get what you’re rightfully owed.

While workplace injuries can put your life on hold, workers’ compensation lawyers will do all they can to get you the benefits you need for your recovery and lost wages.

They can also help you refute a claim denial or make sure your claim is as accurate as possible before filing one.

At Thomas Law Offices, we are strong advocates for those injured on the job. Each Louisville workers’ compensation lawyer on our team understands what you’re going through and want to help you get everything you need to help you recover from your injury, pay your bills, and move on with your life.

Contact us today to learn more.

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Tad Thomas - Trial Lawyer

Tad Thomas

Managing Partner

Tad Thomas has dedicated his practice to representing plaintiffs in various types of civil litigation, including personal injury, business litigation, class actions, and multi-district litigation.

After graduating with his law degree in 2000 from Salmon P. Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University, Mr. Thomas immediately opened his own private practice and began representing injury victims.

In 2011, Thomas Law Offices was established in Louisville, Kentucky. Over the past decade, Mr. Thomas has expanded his firm and now has offices in three additional locations: Cincinnati, Ohio, Columbia, Missouri, and Chicago, Illinois. He is also a frequent lecturer on topics like trial skills and ethics and technology.

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