Workers' Compensation Lawyers
If you have suffered an injury on the job, you should be entitled to workers' compensation benefits from your employer.
If you are having trouble obtaining these benefits because your employer has denied your claim or has offered too little to cover the full costs of your injury, a reputable attorney can help. The workers' compensation lawyers at Janet, Jenner & Suggs are familiar with the workers' compensation laws in most states and can help make sure you are receiving the benefits you deserve. It may even be possible to pursue alternative options for compensation if your benefits are not enough. We have court approval to take cases nationwide. Do not hesitate to contact our team today for a free, no obligation consultation. Our workers' compensation lawyers work on a contingency fees basis and do not charge you anything unless you recover compensation.
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Reasons Why You Need a Workers' Compensation Lawyer
While you are not required to hire an attorney to assist you with your workers' compensation claim, there are many reasons why it is a good idea. These are some of the ways that a skilled, experienced workers' compensation lawyer can help you:
- Completing claim forms – Our attorneys can help you obtain the appropriate forms from your employer or your local workers' compensation office. We will work with you to complete them, ensuring that all of the relevant information is included. This will help to give you the best opportunity to obtain all of the compensation you deserve.
- Resolving disputes with your employer – When a claim goes smoothly and is not disputed by your employer or its insurance company, an adjuster will contact you and explain how to receive compensation for your medical bills. However, when disputes arise, you need detailed medical records and documentation to resolve them. An attorney will know precisely what information you need to obtain a favorable resolution of the dispute.
- Submitting forms on time – Janet, Jenner & Suggs' workers' compensation lawyers know your state's deadline for submitting workers' compensation claims. We will make sure your claim is submitted on time so you have an opportunity to recover compensation.
- Appealing a denied claim – No matter how strong your claim appears to be, your employer or its workers' compensation insurer may deny it. They may assume you will drop the matter because appealing a denied claim is a complex and intimidating process. However, an experienced workers' compensation lawyer has been through the process and knows how to be successful.
- Obtaining a fair settlement – You cannot rely on your employer, their insurance company or a workers' compensation judge to make sure you receive fair compensation for your injuries. In fact, a judge will approve any agreement unless it is extremely unfair. That is why you need a strong advocate at your side who will not settle for less than you deserve.
- Obtaining permanent partial disability – When people suffer injuries so severe that they cannot return to their job or cannot work at all, they could be entitled to weekly disability payments for life. However, insurance companies will do everything they can to avoid paying these benefits. A workers' compensation lawyer will know how to obtain this form of compensation if you are entitled to it.
- Reducing Social Security's take of your benefits – Poorly structured workers' compensation settlements allow Social Security to take a large share of your benefits. Your workers' compensation lawyer can help create a settlement agreement to minimize Social Security's take.
- Fighting against retaliation for filing a workers' compensation claim – Most states have laws prohibiting retaliation against employees who seek workers' compensation benefits. Retaliation could include termination, reduced pay, reduced hours and other forms of discrimination. If you face retaliation, an attorney can seek compensation outlined in state or federal laws, which could include back pay, reinstatement or a promotion.
The workers' compensation lawyers at Janet, Jenner & Suggs can assist you with every aspect of your claim. We are a nationally recognized law firm with many years of experience obtaining compensation for injury victims.
You can contact our workers' compensation lawyers by phone, live chat or by filling out a free case evaluation form. We also have offices in Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Washington, D.C.
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Common Situations That Cause Workers' Compensation Claims
Any employee can suffer an injury at work for which he or she can file a workers' compensation claim. However, there is a much greater likelihood of injuries in the following industries and occupations:
- Manufacturing, such as steel or iron work
- Commercial fishing
- Electrical work
- Flight engineering
- Home construction and repair
- Garbage collection
- Truck driving
- Industrial machine repair and maintenance
Workers in these jobs and industries are more likely to be involved in a variety of accidents that can cause severe, potentially life-altering injuries:
- Accidents involving heavy machinery, such as scaffolding or cranes
- Accidents involving toxic chemicals
Some workplace injuries do not result from accidents. They are the result of repetitive activities, such as lifting heavy objects, that cause an injury over time.
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Worker's Compensation Injuries
On-the-job accidents can result in many severe injuries, such as:
- Spinal cord injuries
- Sprains or strains of tendons or ligaments
- Head injuries
- Brain injuries
- Severe burns
- Respiratory problems
- Loss of vision or hearing
- Internal injuries
- Severe bruising
If you suffered these or other injuries in a workplace accident, you should file a workers' compensation claim to cover your medical expenses.
Janet, Jenner & Suggs' workers' compensation lawyers can help ensure you receive fair compensation. Our firm and attorneys have received numerous accolades for our professional accomplishments. We are honored to be included in U.S. News & World Report's Best Law Firms.
Your initial consultation is absolutely free and you will not be charged legal fees unless our workers' compensation lawyers recover fair compensation for your injuries.
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Four Types of Compensation for Workplace Injuries
If your workers' compensation claim is approved, you could recover various forms of compensation, depending on the severity of your injuries:
Weekly compensation – The length and amount of these benefits is determined by state law and the classification of your disability:
- Temporary total disability – This is an injury that temporarily prevents you from working at any type of job.
- Temporary partial disability – This refers to a disability that still allows you to work, even if it is just sedentary or light duty work.
- Permanent total disability – Individuals with these types of injuries are not expected to get any better, meaning they are unable to work.
- Permanent partial disability – This is an injury that is not expected to get better. However, it still allows you to perform some type of work.
Most states mandate that workers' compensation insurers provide 60 percent of an employee's pre-injury average weekly wages (AWW) in cases of a total disability. In most states, compensation is capped at $1,000 per week, regardless of the employee's AWW.
For a partial disability, most states calculate compensation by reducing the employee's AWW by his or her current earning capacity. For example, if you are in a state where total disability is 60 percent of AWW, your AWW is $1,000 and current earning capacity is $500, you would receive $300 per week. The insurance company would subtract current earning capacity from AWW and calculate 60 percent of that amount.
State law determines the length of time you can receive benefits. Temporary benefits are limited to anywhere from three to seven years. In most cases, there is no time limit on permanent benefits. However, some states will stop your benefits when you turn 65.
Permanent impairment benefits – These are only awarded to those who are diagnosed with an injury that meets the American Medical Association's guidelines for a permanent physical impairment. A permanent impairment is often the loss of use or restricted motion of a body part.
A doctor will evaluate your disability to determine the percentage of impairment. This will be multiplied by the amount of compensation allowed under state law.
For instance, if state laws provide a $100,000 payment for the loss of use of a hand, and you have a 20 percent impairment of your hand, you would receive $20,000.
Medical treatment – You are entitled to receive compensation for all reasonable medical expenses, including the cost of travel to appointments, such as mileage, tolls and parking. However, disputes can arise between injured workers and insurance companies or employers. If they decide your treatment has gone on too long or become too expensive, they could refuse to continue paying benefits. If this happens, your workers' compensation lawyer can file a claim with your state's workers' compensation agency.
Vocational rehabilitation – This applies to workers who have a disability that prevents them from working in their industry any longer. Most states provide compensation for workers to receive training for another line of work.
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Third-Party Claims for Additional Compensation
If your employer has workers' compensation insurance, you are prohibited from filing a personal injury lawsuit against them to obtain compensation for damages like pain and suffering and future lost wages.
However, this does not prohibit you from filing a lawsuit against third parties that were involved in your accident, such as:
- General contractors
- Another driver if you were involved in a traffic accident
- Property owner or property manager
- Product manufacturers for machines and equipment
Our worker's compensation lawyers know how to find out if a third party can be held liable for your injuries. We understand how valuable compensation from this type of claim can be to help you recover physically and financially from your injuries.
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Contact Our Workers' Compensation Lawyers
The attorneys at Janet, Jenner & Suggs are well-versed in state laws on workers' compensation and the process for filing a claim. Our workers' compensation lawyers are prepared to provide skilled legal representation to defend your rights and obtain all of the compensation you deserve.
You do not need to come into one of our offices to review your claim, simply call us, live chat with a representative or complete a free case evaluation form.
We do not charge for initial consultations and our clients do not owe us legal fees unless we obtain a favorable resolution of their claim.
Janet, Jenner & Suggs has special approval to take cases from all over the country. Our attorneys have received exemplary ratings from some of the top peer-review organizations in the legal profession, including Martindale-Hubbell and Best Lawyers.
Contact our workers' compensation lawyers today by calling 1-877-692-3862.