Workers’ Compensation in Kentucky: Common Questions

If you were hurt on the job, or if you contracted COVID-19 at work, you probably have a lot of pressing questions about workers’ compensation in Kentucky. We are here to help you get what you need to recover from your on-the-job injury. From wage replacement issues to medical treatment concerns, to misgivings about returning to work, our dedicated, compassionate attorneys are here to answer your questions about workers’ compensation in Kentucky and help you navigate your way through the entire process. Learn more about our workers’ compensation legal services. 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
The good news is, we have decades of combined experience that allows us to create highly effective cases for injured workers. We will put forth all our resources to get you the care and consideration you need.

Hurt on the job in northern Kentucky? Call (859) 781-9100 for a free consultation. 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:
  • COVID-19
  • 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
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.

    Brandon Voelker and Emily Walters, two workers' compensation attorneys

    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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. Kentucky law provides that an attorney may charge a fee of 20% of the first $25,000 recovered, 15% of the next $10,000 and 5% thereafter, with a maximum fee of $12,000.
    If an attorney doesn’t win your workers’ compensation case, you pay nothing.
    Hurt at work? Don’t wait a moment longer. Contact Brandon Voelker today. If your spouse was killed in a work-related accident, you are entitled to benefits. The Kentucky Workers’ Compensation Act provides benefits for a surviving spouse and children. If that is the case, it is obviously an emotional time for the family. And we would like to help. If you have lost a spouse, contact us and we can spend some time answering your questions and explaining exactly what your options are. In Kentucky, you have two years from either the date of injury and/or the last day that Temporary Total Disability (TTD) payments were made. Yes, you can. Third party claims can also arise. You may have a Workers’ Compensation Claim, as well as a third party personal injury suit. To insure all possible claims are considered, it is necessary to talk to qualified workers’ compensation attorney. If you were hurt at work or contracted COVID-19 on the job, don’t wait another moment. Call us today at (859) 781-9100 for your free consultation. We want to help you get the care you need. 

    Brandon Voelker – Workers’ Compensation Attorney

    If you have any questions regarding your workers’ compensation rights, please don’t hesitate to contact our office today.

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