At Walker Wallace PLC, we guide injured workers through all steps of the workers’ compensation process, from filing the initial forms to dealing with difficult insurers and all aspects of the appeal process. When we take on a case, we’re all in. Our skilled attorneys and staff work diligently to secure the compensation you deserve for lost wages, medical bills and other expenses related to your injury.
According to the Kentucky Department of Workers’ Claims, approximately 80,000 employers and 1.7 million employees are covered by Kentucky’s workers’ compensation laws. Given these statistics, it is likely that you and your employer are covered by workers’ compensation laws that provide you with benefits for on-the-job injuries.
Explaining Kentucky workers’ compensation laws
The Kentucky Workers’ Compensation Act was created to provide medical benefits and income to workers who suffer an injury on-the-job, either from a mishap like a construction accident or repetitive harm, or to those who suffer from an occupational disease. This Act streamlines the system so that workers are not required to prove employer negligence. In exchange, workers cannot sue their employers for personal injury. The benefits that are available under Kentucky workers’ comp laws include:
Our workers’ compensation attorneys have extensive experience with workers’ comp cases and understand the intricacies of the laws. We explain how they apply to your case, so you have all the information you need at every stage of the legal process.
Kentucky recognizes different levels of disability
The types of disability covered by Kentucky workers’ comp laws are:
- Temporary total – You are completely unable to work, but you are expected to recover from your injury or illness.
- Permanent partial – You are partially disabled by your work-related illness or injury, and you are not expected to recover from your partial disability.
- Permanent total – You are permanently and totally disabled by your on-the-job injury or occupational disease, and you are not expected to make a significant recovery.
The insurance company may argue that your injury or illness is not as bad as it seems. Our legal team consults with experts as needed to build a solid case and get you the most benefits possible, based on your actual level of disability.
Building a solid foundation for your case
Our Louisville legal team at Walker Wallace PLC offers aggressive advocacy for clients dealing with injuries or wrongful death in workplace accidents. When you or a loved one is injured at work, the owner, contractor or a subcontractor can be held liable for the injuries. We work hard to make sure wrongdoers are held accountable and punished for the harm they cause.
What to do when you are injured
If you suffer a personal injury at work, in a factory, office setting or even on work-related travel, it is important to notify your employer and seek immediate medical care. Employers must pay for all reasonable and necessary medical care, including:
- Emergency and nonemergency medical treatment related to your on-the-job injury or illness
- Surgical and hospital treatment
- Nursing care
- Medical and surgical supplies and appliances
Although many workers believe workers’ comp is easy to obtain, employers and their insurers are not always on your side. Workers’ comp insurers may deny or undervalue the extent of your harm and expenses to mitigate their losses.
At Walker Wallace PLC, we have significant experience dealing with workers’ comp insurers, self-insured employers, administrative law judges and the Kentucky Workers’ Compensation Board. We assist injured workers with claim forms to present a complete and accurate report of the injury, and we represent you when your claim is denied or the insurer refuses to pay properly.
Turn to our attorneys in Louisville when you’re injured at work
If you have been injured at work, do not rely on an insurance company to provide you with the compensation you need. Our Louisville lawyers at Walker Wallace PLC are on your side and are dedicated to protecting your rights and obtaining fair compensation for you. Our office hours are Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., and evening and weekend appointments are available as needed. For help with your workers’ compensation claim, contact us online or at 502-937-1125 today for a free initial consultation.