Workers’ Compensation

The Workers’ Compensation law resulted from a compromise which was struck many years ago between employers and employees.

The concern was that the overall relationship between employers and their employees would suffer if employees were constantly filing suit for personal injuries which they sustained on the job and that this would, in turn, harm business as a whole. Consequently, some trade-offs were made, and Workers’ Compensation became the “exclusive remedy” available, under most circumstances, to a person injured on the job.

What are your rights?
  • To choose your treating physician in any area or specialty of medicine
  • To reasonable and necessary medical testing, treatment and medications
  • To receive lost wage benefits when you are unable to work or when you have suffered a loss of earning capacity
  • To receive mileage reimbursement (or have transportation provided) for necessary medical and vocational travel
  • To be awarded penalties and attorney’s fees, under certain circumstances, when denied any of the above
What do you need to do to protect your rights?
  • Report your accident to a supervisor at the first opportunity
  • Seek medical attention immediately
  • Provide a complete and accurate medical history to every physician that you see
  • Follow your doctor’s instructions
  • Keep track of all miles traveled for medical treatment, testing, and prescriptions
  • If you have any questions regarding whether or not you have a viable workers’ compensation claim, and/or whether you are receiving all of the benefits to which you are entitled, please give Shawn a call: (985) 624-9393.