Idaho Workers’ Compensation: How To Get Help In Nampa
Workers Compensation laws differ between states across the U.S. These laws give work injury victims a way to recover medical costs and lost wages. Sometimes, however, getting access to the compensation you are owed after work-related injuries is frustrating and discouraging when all you want is assistance.
Barriers such as complicated laws, disagreements with your employer, and confusing documentation may make it harder to get the money you are owed without bringing on some extra help.
Among practicing Idaho law firms, Skaug Law has won the largest amount of money for a worker’ compensation injury recovery in state history.
What to Do When Injured at Work
If you have been injured at work or an injury has become apparent over time as you continue to do your job, it is important to take the appropriate steps as soon as possible. Not only is your future health on the line, but your ability to file for a workers’ compensation claim may be affected if you wait too long.
- Get Medical Treatment Even if you were treated and released at an emergency room, you should have a thorough exam by your doctor soon after the incident.Injuries can be hidden at first. Rotator cuff tears in the shoulders, spine injuries, and concussions are frequently missed in the emergency room.If injuries are not noted by a physician, it may be hard to recover compensation for them.
- Do Not Miss Your Work Injury Deadlines In Idaho, there are time limits for reporting and filing work injury claims. You must report your injury to your employer within 60 days.Your employer must file a First Report of Injury with the Idaho Industrial Commission. This is the “court” system for workers’ compensation cases in Idaho.If you miss this reporting deadline, it will be very difficult (if not impossible) to file a workers’ comp claim. There may be some exceptions to this deadline if the injury remains hidden but can be linked to the job; however, those types of claims are harder to prove and are instead handled on a case-by-case basis.
FAQs: Idaho Workers’ Compensation
Sneaky Adjusters and Insurance Company Tricks
Insurance companies and adjusters use many tactics to limit what they have to pay in workplace injury cases.
Some use their doctors to return injured people to full work duty too early, so the insurance company does not have to pay for more treatment.
Whether you are dealing with a difficult employer, a tricky insurance company, or an at-fault third party, you can win maximum money for your injury.
Do not give ANY recorded statements to an insurance representative or anyone else until you have had a free consultation with a Nampa workers’ compensation attorney.
You are taking great risks if you move forward without professional help.
Let a Skaug Law work comp attorney guide you through each step and find the available insurance sources to pay for your damages.
Entering into Mediation
If you do not believe you were given the workers’ compensation benefits you are entitled to, you may want to enter into an informal mediation session to settle. During these sessions, both parties can discuss the difference of opinion and attempt to come to an agreement.
While the meeting is run by a mediator, they will not have the power to compel either party to make a specific decision. For that reason, it can be highly beneficial to have a lawyer on your side to make an argument for an agreeable settlement. If an agreement is reached, it will be written up and signed.
Mediation is not a required step when dealing with a complicated workers’ comp claim, but it is a preferable option. 90% of mediation cases are settled favorably for both parties through the process, so it is often worth the try.
Workers’ Compensation Hearings in Idaho
An injury case may lead to a trial, but in the workers’ compensation system, it is called a hearing.
There is no jury but there is an administrative law judge who is called a “referee.” Unlike other trials, the hearing often does not lead to a decision right away. Instead, the referee may order additional sworn testimony by doctors and others.
So, after your hearing, there may be other testimonies still to be gathered before the referee makes a decision.
This means that based on how the hearing goes, it may be important to gather and submit additional documentation. Navigating this alone is difficult; having an experienced Nampa workers’ compensation lawyer on your side will smooth out the process.
Why You Need An Attorney
Workplace injuries bring a unique set of difficulties. Contacting an attorney for a free assessment of your situation is a good idea, especially under the following circumstances:
You require surgery after a workplace injury.
Your injuries are severe enough that your doctor believes you will not return to your state of health prior to the injury. You may be awarded disability compensation.
You are unable to perform the job you held prior to your injury or believe you could do some other type of work.
You are no longer able to work at any job at all.
You disagree with the findings of the insurance company, your workplace, or your state’s workers’ compensation board, or you believe you are not receiving the benefits you are entitled to as an injured worker.
- You have a pre-existing medical condition that may throw light on your case.
- Your employer disagrees with decisions made by the state workers’ compensation board.
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If you are still unsure whether or not you need an attorney to represent you during a workers’ compensation claim, calling our offices costs you nothing and will help you gain some peace of mind.
Most people have not had enough experience to fully understand the worker’s compensation process, and having an attorney represent your interests means you can concentrate on getting well again. Our attorneys can handle the rest.
To talk with a friendly attorney about your case, contact us at Skaug Law today! As is always the case at Skaug Law, you pay nothing unless we win on your behalf.