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Workers Compensation Attorney DeKalb County

Does Your Injury Qualify?

The Indiana Department of Labor reports that more than 90,000 workers are injured in job-related accidents in our state every single year. While some of these injuries are minor, sadly many workers suffer serious physical damage. To be sure, each year, thousands of Indiana workers suffer injuries that keep them off the job for weeks or months — and sometimes permanently.

A work injury can cause tremendous stress for an injured employee and their family. Beyond the long road to recovery, there is also a loss of weekly income. Fortunately, the Workers’ Compensation Act of Indiana provides our state’s workers with some desperately needed legal protections. This is mandatory, no-fault insurance coverage. A worker who has been injured on the job should be able to receive workers’ compensation benefits, including medical coverage and wage-loss compensation, regardless of who was at fault for the accident.

In practice, getting through the workers’ compensation claims process can be difficult. Many injured workers have trouble getting the full and fair benefits that they rightfully deserve under the law. This is where we can help. At Delventhal Law Office, our Dekalb County workers’ compensation attorney is committed to protecting the rights and interests of Indiana workers. If you were hurt while on the job in DeKalb County, please contact our law firm today for a free consultation.

What To Do:

1. Seek Medical Attention: If you were hurt on the job in DeKalb County, the first thing you need to do is to see a doctor. Your health and safety is more important than anything else. You need to get yourself checked out by a skilled professional. Remember, you will not be able to bring a workers’ compensation claim unless you have seen a doctor.

2. Report Your Accident: Indiana law puts strict responsibilities on both employers and employees. As a worker who has been injured on the job, you have a legal duty to report your accident to your supervisor. If you fail to report the accident within 30 days, you may not be able to bring a claim. Do not wait: report your accident immediately.

3. Follow Your Doctor’s Orders: Once you have seen a doctor, you need to be sure that you are listening to all of their medical advice. Far too many workers either get re-injured or have their benefits denied because they have failed to comply with their doctor’s professional guidance.

4. Consult With a Workers’ Compensation Attorney in DeKalb County: Hopefully, you will be able to get your full benefits without any unreasonable delay. If so, you may not need a lawyer. Unfortunately, that is not always how the claims process works. If your claim was denied, if you are seeking disability benefits, or if you are having any trouble getting cooperation from your employer or the insurance carrier, you should call an experienced Dekalb County workers’ compensation attorney immediately.

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4 Common Mistakes You Must Avoid:

  1. Concealing the Injury

  2. Missing Doctor’s Appointments

  3. Doing Work that Violates Your Medical Restrictions

  4. Giving Up on Pursuing Your Benefits  

Common Mistakes:

1. Concealing the Injury: Do not downplay your injuries. Whether you are going to the doctor, talking to your supervisor, or speaking to your family, there is no benefit in understating your pain. If you are hurt, you are hurt. Sadly, insurance companies sometimes take statements out of context and attempt to use them against injured workers.

2. Missing Doctor’s Appointments: After a workplace injury, you need to keep every medical appointment. If you cannot make an appointment, be sure to reschedule as soon as you possibly can. Insurance companies may use missed appointments as justification for denying a claim.

3. Doing Work that Violates Your Medical Restrictions: If your doctor has told you that you have medical restrictions, you need to follow their advice. Even if you “feel” like they are being overprotective, you do not want to risk re-injury. Your body needs to heal properly. If your employer tries to convince you to do tasks that are too medically challenging for your current condition, you have a right to refuse that work.

4. Giving Up on Pursuing Your Benefits: Sadly, some injured workers have a difficult time getting their full benefits. In fact, some injured workers even give up on their claim after it has been denied. This is a major mistake. The insurance company does not get the final word on your case. Many workers’ compensation appeals are successful. Before you think about giving up on your claim, please contact our DeKalb County workers’ compensation attorney for free legal guidance.

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Workers’ Comp Benefits

The workers’ compensation benefits that are available to you or your loved one will always depend on the specific nature of your injuries. In general, workers’ compensation benefits fit into one of the following four categories:

Medical Coverage:

Indiana’s workers’ compensation law provides injured employees with full medical coverage. All medical care that is “reasonable and necessary” should be paid for by workers’ compensation insurance.

Wage Loss Compensation:

If you are forced to miss time on the job due to your injury, you are entitled to wage replacement benefits. In Indiana, wage loss is paid at two thirds of the workers’ average weekly wage (AWW). These benefits are typically not taxable. However, there is a maximum benefit amount.

Impairment Benefits:

If you have a permanent impairment due to your work injury, you are entitled to compensation for that impairment. These cases are highly complex. If you are making a permanent impairment claim, you should be represented by a DeKalb County work injury lawyer.

Permanent Disability/Death Benefits:

In the tragic event that you suffered a permanent disability, or your loved one was killed in a workplace accident, Indiana provides 500 weeks of disability compensation. This compensation is paid at the AWW level.

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Get Help From Our DeKalb County Workers’ Compensation Lawyer Today

At Delventhal Law Office, our compassionate DeKalb County workers’ compensation legal team has helped many people obtain the full and fair benefits that they deserve. If you were injured in a workplace accident in Indiana, please contact our law firm today for a free, fully confidential review of your claim.

We work on contingency — meaning we only get paid if we help you recover workers’ comp benefits. The Delventhal Law Office is proud to serve workers throughout DeKalb County, including in Altona, Ashley, Garrett, Hamilton, Saint Joe, Waterloo, Auburn, Butler, and Corunna.

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