Getting injured on the job can cause a great deal of worry: you are worried about your financial responsibilities for you and your family, you are worried about losing your job, you are worried about whether you will be able to return to work again, you are worried about having your future medical bills paid for. On top of all that, you are in extreme pain and trying to rehabilitate your injury to be able to get back on your feet. Meanwhile, the insurance company is plotting their defense with their lawyers to make sure they pay you as little as possible when it comes time to settle your case. After all, that is how insurance companies make billions of dollars a year in profits.
A work injury can occur in many different ways. You may get injured lifting an object, falling over an object, injured in a car accident while you are performing a work task, twisting a body part while working, or by repetitive trauma over a long period of time (for example, using a nail gun and developing carpal tunnel). It is extremely important to understand you do NOT have to be at-fault to be able to receive workers’ compensation benefits. Also, your job does NOT have to be negligent for you to receive workers’ compensation benefits.
If you are injured on the job, you may be entitled to some, if not all, of the following benefits:
- Two-thirds of your average weekly wage if a doctor has put you out of work or on restrictions that your job cannot accommodate;
- Payment of medical expenses
- Reimbursement for mileage going to and from your medical appointments (including physical therapy)
- Money award for your injury after you get released by the doctor
- Future medical expenses
You may not be receiving some of these benefits from your workers’ compensation insurance company. If not, call Charleston and Columbia workers’ compensation lawyers Curtis Dayson, Ramie Shalabi, and Michael Burkett to make sure you get the benefits you deserve under the law. The insurance companies are not going to do this for you. The adjuster’s job is not to represent you or have your best interest in mind. The adjuster’s job is to save as much money as possible. That’s how their bosses evaluate them. The less money they spend on you, the more profit the insurance company makes.
Attorneys Ramie Shalabi and Michael Burkett spent years representing insurance companies as their workers’ compensation defense lawyer. They have represented multiple Fortune 500 companies as their lead counsel on thousands of cases. They now uses that experience to represent hundreds of workers who have been injured on the job.
If you have been injured on the job, call Columbia workers’ compensation attorneys Ramie Shalabi and Michael Burkett from Dayson Shalabi Burkett Law Firm at 803-973-0304.