Workers compensation can be complicated. First of all, there are so many legal questions to be asked which relate to medical and work compensation and benefits. Second, you have to jump hoops to figure out where to seek medical care, when you should file your injury report, and how to communicate with your employer and their workers’ compensation insurance adjuster. In most cases, it’s a good thing to seek legal representation.
Here we’d like to give you a short preview to address some of these concerns, specifically those which relate to workers comp Delaware laws and workers’ rights.
FAQ: What is worker’s compensation?
Workers’ compensation laws act as a system to provide benefits to workers who may be injured on the job. These benefits range from payment of medical costs, temporary disability, and compensation for impairment. In some cases, it may include benefit payments to the family if the worker died from work-related causes.
These benefits could be paid voluntarily by the employer, or you may need to petition the Office of Workers Compensation.
FAQ: What are the steps to take if I get injured?
First, immediately talk to your employer, notifying the company in writing about the injury and your request for medical services. If you do not do this, you may later be deprived of the right to receive benefits according to Delaware’s statute of limitations.
Next, give notice to your employer of any claim for compensation for the period of disability beyond the third day following the injury.
FAQ: What if my employer refuses to pay benefits or recognize my claim?
If you and your employer cannot reach an agreement, you need to file an application with the Office of Workers’ Compensation so that you can get a hearing. This must occur within two years of the injury. Especially if you feel victimized and unlistened to by your employer,you will need a law firm by your side that is experienced winning on the side of workers.
Lump Sum Settlement: Tom Holland is experience in evaluating lump sum offers. Early lump sum settlement offers may be encouraging, but Tom Holland will be able to help not leave anything on the table. If the disability continues to be treated without a definitive diagnosis and/or prognosis, prompt settlement may not be prudent. When and if to settle is your decision to make, but BEWARE. What’s the hurry?
Please be cautious of an early settlement offer from a claims adjustor who suggests you do not need a lawyer. Our law office specializes in representing injured employees, and we know worker’s compensation law inside and out. You are allowed to represent yourself in worker’s compensation proceedings, but remember that the litigation is complex and your employer will be represented by an experienced attorney. Don’t walk into court, unprepared and outnumbered.
Make an appointment here for a complimentary workers’ comp case evaluation with a lawyer experienced in workers comp Delaware.
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