Workers’ compensation laws can provide income and medical care during recovery from a job-related injury or illness. However, not every injured worker obtains full workers’ comp benefits. The counsel of a workers’ compensation lawyer can help you collect maximum compensation. Lohman Law Offices in Louisville, KY, has the expertise needed to help you rebuild your life following an on-the-job injury.
Our attorneys can help if you are having trouble with a workers’ comp claim, or if you are simply seeking legal advice following an injury at work. Lohman Law offers a free consultation for injured workers, and can provide an expert recommendation for protecting your best interests. Please contact our office today to schedule a free consultation.
A seasoned workers' compensation lawyer can be instrumental in protecting your livelihood.
Worker’s Compensation Entitlement
Most Kentucky employees are protected by laws administered by the state’s Department of Workers’ Claims (DWC). These apply to private-sector employees as well as those who work for state and local government. Employees who work for the federal government are covered under a separate system called the Division of Federal Employees Compensation.
In Kentucky, employers must comply with DWC laws to provide workers’ comp insurance. Claim benefits cover medical costs and some wage loss in case of sudden injury, chronic occupational disease, or death. In most cases, the “fault” of an employee in his or her own injury is irrelevant to benefits received.
Employees in Kentucky are entitled to choose their own physician, but should undergo an exam as soon as possible after injury is discovered. Navigating the workers’ comp system includes meeting deadlines and ensuring complete documentation is properly submitted.
Legal Help for Work Injuries
Workers’ comp can be confusing, and some employers and insurers attempt to deny or limit benefits for deserving workers. When injuries or illness cause extended or even permanent disability, employees deserve full, rightful compensation. A
It is important for employees to understand their legal rights. If your claim is denied, or if benefits are cut off, you can appeal the decision to an administrative law judge. You are entitled to the help of a lawyer at any time during the application and appeal process.
Although workers’ comp recipients are generally prohibited from filing a personal injury lawsuit against the employer, extenuating circumstances effect this rule in some cases. For example, employer retaliation for filing a benefits claim can create a separate legal issue. In addition, if unsafe equipment causes harm, a product liability case may apply.
The experienced attorneys at Lohman Law Offices will review the details of your case and offer valuable guidance or representation. We have assisted many employees in obtaining short- and long-term payments or lump sum awards. When applicable, we also assist with social security disability benefits.
Our firm is committed to helping victims. We provide excellent results for many employees, including coal miners with symptoms of black lung disease. We work on a contingency basis for personal injury and workers’ compensation cases - clients do not pay up-front fees. Please contact us today to schedule a free consultation in our downtown office. Free parking is provided.