Millions of people are injured each year in workplace accidents or develop occupational illnesses, sometimes with devastating results. Thankfully for injured workers, Delaware Workers’ Compensation Program1 provides injured employees with benefits that can help cover their expenses and part of the income that they lose from being unable to work. The kinds of benefits that are available under Delaware law include those for medical care, temporary disability, and payments for permanent impairment.
While there is no law requiring injured workers to hire an attorney to represent them in a workers’ compensation case, it is often highly advisable for them to do so. Some of the circumstances in which victims or workplace accidents should hire an experienced Delaware workers’ compensation are detailed below. To schedule a consultation with one of our lawyers, call Zavodnick, Zavodnick & Lasky, LLC today at 302-364-6047.
If your claim is denied – Employers or an employer’s insurance company may reject a valid workers’ compensation claim for a variety of reasons. In some cases, there may be a legitimate dispute regarding the validity of a claim while, in others, the employer or insurance company may simply assume, often correctly, that an injured worker will not take the time to appeal an adverse decision. When you hire an attorney that is familiar with handling workers’ compensation claims, you can be sure that your claim will be handled properly and any appeal that is required is filing in a timely manner.
If the settlement offer you receive is insufficient – In some cases, an insurer or employer may make a settlement offer that does not fuly cover your lost income and medical expenses. When this occurs, it is extremely important to retain an attorney. While workers’ compensation settlements are subject to state approval under Delaware Law,2 this fact alone will not ensure that you receive the compensation to which you are entitled.
Your injuries are of the severity that you will not be able to return to your job or work at all – In some instances, an injury sustained at work can be so severe that it results in the victim being unable to work in any capacity. These kinds of cases can cost insurers or employers millions of dollars, and they often do everything possible to avoid paying these kinds of claims and have experienced legal teams in place ready to defend their denial of a claim. For this reason, anyone that has sustained a catastrophic injury while at work should retain an attorney familiar with Delaware workers’ compensation law.
If your employer denies that your injury or illness is work-related – Another situation in which it is extremely important for victims of workplace accidents to retain legal counsel is if an employer or insurance company denies that a particular injury or illness is work-related. These kinds of cases often arise when an injury is the result of the performance of a repetitive task over the course of time or an illness that has been caused by exposure to certain materials. Common examples of these kinds of injuries or illnesses are repetitive strain injuries, carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, and mesothelioma, as well as others.
An attorney will help ensure that you receive the full value of your injuries
When people are seriously injured at work, the consequences can be devastating. In cases where there are significant benefits at issue, it is important for victims to retain an attorney that will fight for their rights. Employers and insurers have much more to lose in cases that have a high value, and it stands to reason that they will they will spend significantly more resources to deny benefits in these kinds of cases. By retaining a qualified lawyer, victims can ensure that the obtain the compensation to which they are entitled as quickly as possible.
Contact a Delaware workers’ compensation lawyer today to schedule a consultation
Workplace injuries and occupational illnesses can have a significant impact on a person’s life. In many cases, people who are hurt at work are unable to work for a significant period of time and incur substantial medical benefits. Thankfully for victims, Delaware’s workers’ compensation program provides injured workers with benefits that are intended to compensate them for these and other losses. The lawyers of Zavodnick, Zavodnick & Lasky, LLC are committed to helping people who have been injured in workplace accidents obtain the maximum benefits available under the law. To schedule a consultation with one of our lawyers, call our office today at 302-364-6047 or send us an email through our online contact form.