Helping Our Community Understand The Kentucky Worker’s Compensation Process
A workplace injury or illness can jeopardize your ability to work and support your family in the future. As an employee in Kentucky, if you are injured on the job, you have the right to reimbursement for medical expenses and lost wages through your employer’s workers’ compensation policy.
If you are having difficulties filing a workers’ compensation claim with your employer, or you have discovered that your employer did not have a valid workers’ comp policy at the time of your accident, the attorneys at Freeman Childers have the experience to help.
What Are The Benefits Covered?
For the most part, worker’s comp is designed to cover medical expenses and a portion of your lost wages (generally two-thirds of your average weekly pay). Depending on the severity of your injury or illness, you may qualify for temporary or permanent disability benefits. Those benefits may include vocational rehabilitation if you cannot return to your old job.
More About Fault
Workers’ comp laws generally do not depend on who caused the accident. Regardless of who was at fault, as an injured employee, you have a right to recover benefits under the law.
However, if the accident involved gross negligence on the part of your employer, you may be entitled to additional compensation for your pain and suffering. The same may be true if an outside party caused the injury, such as in the case of an auto accident.
If you lost a loved one to a workplace injury or illness, you are entitled to recover workers’ comp death benefits based on a percentage of the deceased worker’s wages.
Delayed Injuries And Pain
If you have an accident, but feel you are not really hurt, it’s important to still seek medical attention and notify your employer as soon as possible.
Some injuries also result from repetitive motion over time and are not due to a single incident. Similarly, conditions in your workplace can cause illness rather than injury. Worker’s compensation covers both of these situations.
Problems With Your Claim
If you have any difficulty processing a claim through your employer, or your employer denies your claim, we can help. An attorney with the firm can walk you through the process and offer the advocacy you need and deserve.
If your employer attempts to retaliate against you for filing your claim or tries to terminate your employment, you may have a separate legal action against them.
Reach Out Today
Contact us today to schedule a free, no-obligation appointment with one of our experienced lawyers. You can reach out to us using our online contact form or call our office in Corbin at 606-503-0521.