I Got Hurt at Work. Will I Receive a Settlement?
If you get hurt at work, you are likely entitled to a settlement. When you get hurt at work, you are entitled to three principal benefits. While there may be other benefits you are entitled to, the following are the most common benefits paid.
Settlements You’re Owed
First, you are entitled to medical treatment to cure or relieve the work injury. This includes access to emergency medical treatment. If your employer refuses to take you to the emergency room or call an ambulance, you have the right to go on your own or call an ambulance if necessary. You also have the right to the payment of medical bills for treatment with a doctor of your own choosing. You do not have to treat with the insurance company’s doctor. If your employer or insurance company is refusing to let you see your doctor or refusing to approve treatment, you need to seek a workers’ compensation attorney in Rockford, like Black & Jones Attorneys at Law.
The second common benefit is the payment of temporary total disability benefits while you are off work per your doctor. While not every injury is a lost time injury, many are. If your doctor takes you out of work and the insurance company refuses to pay you, you should immediately seek an experienced workers’ compensation attorney to fight for you.
But that is not where your benefits end! Many injured workers think that they are only entitled to medical treatment and benefits while off work if they are injured on the job. This is not true.
The third benefit you may be entitled to is called permanent partial disability benefits. PPD benefits are owed to workers who can prove that their injury left some permanent residual disability. This is what most people are referring to when they are asking about a settlement in their work comp case. Almost every injury will result in some form of permanent residual disability even if you only saw the doctor a couple of times.
We Don’t Get Paid Until You Do!
Some law firms won’t agree to represent injured workers because they think the value of the case is too low. However, at Black & Jones, we feel everyone is entitled to benefits under the law and will fight for any case no matter the value. If you have an on-the-job injury and need to seek medical treatment—no matter how minor—you may be entitled to a settlement for your work injury. Talk to your trusted Rockford workers’ compensation attorneys at Black & Jones Attorneys at Law about how you can get the maximum settlement for your injury. Call today or fill out our form here for a free consultation.