You’re Entitled to Fast Benefits
The whole point of the workers’ compensation system is to get you benefits fast after you’re hurt on the job.
Workers’ comp is supposed to give you access to immediate help so you don’t have to take time suing your employer while struggling with your injury and your expenses.
It’s supposed to provide medical care right away. It’s supposed to provide a portion of your lost wages within two weeks.
A lot of things are supposed to happen. That doesn’t always mean they do.
When the system gets off track, an experienced workers’ comp lawyer can protect your rights.
At Mitchell & Associates, we’ll provide an initial assessment of your case for free.
They also kept me updated with all of the information that was going on with my case. They were very accurate on everything that they did, and at the same time, they always kept a smile on their face, which made me feel very comfortable. So I really appreciate my attorney and the people that work with him.
When Your Benefits Should Start
After you get hurt at work and tell your boss what happened, your employer files a report on the incident and starts your claim.
You should be able to see a doctor right away, paid for by your employer and their workers’ comp insurance company.
Checks to cover some of the pay you’re missing because you can’t work should start no later than two weeks after your incident.
If the insurance doesn’t cover something or the checks take longer, you don’t have to accept that. They broke the rules, and you can fight back.
How Long Your Benefits Last
As long as you’re Too Hurt To WorkTM, you should keep getting workers’ comp benefits.
The severity of your injury determines exactly how long that turns out to be.
Your payments for lost wages, called indemnity benefits, come in several categories based on how long you’re expected to be off work. They include:
- Temporary Total Disability (TTD)
- Supplemental Earnings Benefits (SEB)
- Permanent Partial Disability (PPD)
- Permanent Total Disability (PTD)
A knowledgeable workers’ comp attorney, like the ones at Mitchell & Associates, can make sure you’re getting the kinds of benefits you need.
Your lawyer will keep you on top of all the deadlines you face. They’ll make sure your employer files all the right forms. They’ll fight for you if your indemnity checks come late.
If a claims adjuster denies your claim outright, your lawyer will fight to reverse the decision.
Through your hard work and dedication, you earned those benefits.