Can I Rely On Workers’ Compensation When I Am Hurt On The Job?The Kentucky workers’ compensation system is the most beneficial to those who make the system work for them. If you are not proactive about your case, you are likely to experience one or more of the following:
- Your claim will be denied
- You are forced to return to work too soon
- You are forced to return to duties that are unsafe for your condition
Hurt on the job in northern Kentucky? Call (859) 781-9100 for a free consultation.
What Does Kentucky Workers’ Compensation Cover?Our northern Kentucky law firm helps people navigate the workers’ compensation system so that they can receive the full range of benefits they deserve after any type of on-the-job injury or accident such as:
- Back and neck injuries and pain
- Shoulder, knee, and joint injuries and pain
- Foot and ankle injuries
- Head and brain trauma
- Psychological conditions from trauma
- Overuse injuries
- Machinery, motor vehicle, and construction accidents
- Chemical exposure
Do I Have To Go To The Doctor My Employer Sends Me To?In many cases, injured workers are compelled by their employer to visit a business health center, which is created for the benefit of employers, not employees. Unfortunately, these business health centers are usually inclined to just try to get you back to work, without determining the extent of your injuries. When your injuries are not healed and you seek additional medical care, your employer or workers’ compensation carrier will then use the business health report to say you are not in need of additional care. When you are hurt at work, it is important that you choose your doctor, not your employer.
If you have been injured at work in Campbell, Boone, Kenton, Grant, Pendleton, Owen, Gallatin, Harrison or anywhere else, please call (859) 781-9100 or contact us online for a free consultation. There is no charge for an initial consultation.
Can I Go To My Family Doctor If I Am Injured On The Job?Yes, you can. But many times your Kentucky employer or insurance carrier will try to get you to see a doctor of their choosing, who may not have your best interests at heart.
What Is An Independent Medical Examination (IME)?If you are currently on Workers’ Compensation Benefits and your adjuster recommends you see a doctor for an Independent Medical Exam or IME, recognize that it is not truly an “independent” exam. It is an exam being paid for by the workers’ compensation carrier, many times to second guess the opinion and recommendations of the doctor you have chosen to treat you. A better term is DME or Defense Medical Exam.
What Should I Do If I Get Hurt At Work?If you are hurt at work, tell your supervisor immediately. If your supervisor is unavailable, inform someone over him or her right away, even if that means going straight to the owner of the company. The Kentucky Workers’ Compensation Act requires an injured worker to give timely notice to his or her employer. If the injured worker fails to do this, he or she may be barred from pursuing benefits. After informing your supervisor or someone else in management, contact a workers’ compensation lawyer as soon as you can.
How Is Permanent Partial Disability (PPD) Determined?PPD is determined by your treating doctor providing an impairment rating to your whole body based on the American Medical Association’s Fifth Edition. The best way to describe this process is to imagine your body as a pie with 100 pieces. Your doctor may determine you have an impairment of 10% to your whole body, or, in other words, 10 pieces of the pie are gone.
What Should I Do If My Employer or Insurance Carrier Will Not Pay For My Medical Bills?A workers’ compensation attorney or your doctor can file a medical fee dispute to obtain necessary treatment. If you are having problems getting medical bills paid after a Workers’ Compensation Claim, please call our northern Kentucky office in Covington, (859) 781-9100. We will be more than happy to provide a free consultation over the phone or in person.
Do I Have To Go To Court?You do not have to go to court for a Kentucky Workers’ Compensation Claim. Workers’ Compensation Claims are handled in an administrative proceeding by appointed Administrative Law Judges who decide your case. Either party may appeal ultimately to the Kentucky Court of Appeals.
If you reside anywhere in the Northern Kentucky area and need assistance with a Workers’ Comp claim, call our office at (859) 781-9100 for a free consultation.