Let a Workers’ Compensation Attorney Help After Workplace Injury

In the aftermath of a workplace injury or accident, you want a workers compensation attorney who will not only get you what you’re owed but someone who can offer you peace of mind in an otherwise adverse time. The team at Marshall Grinder Debski Pitts Law Firm has 40+ years of experience doing just that and was founded on the principle that each and every client is entitled to improving their quality of life.

Whether you plan to apply for workers’ compensation or need to appeal a denied claim, our workers’ comp attorneys in Akron are here to lead you through the process.

In an already difficult situation, you deserve to focus on healing and rebuilding, not struggling through paperwork and denied claims. Put your trust behind one of our workers’ compensation attorneys who will work to get you the full benefits you’re owed and will address your concerns with kindness, professionalism, and attention to detail.

What’s The Purpose of Workers’ Comp?

Workers’ compensation laws and regulations differ in each state, but the overarching reason for these benefits is to help individuals that have suffered an accident or injury in the workplace.

Depending on your specific situation and injury, your workers’ comp benefits will likely help with medical costs, such as emergency care, doctors’ appointments, prescriptions, and other ongoing treatment you may need. Workers’ comp also covers lost wages, which is also different depending on the situation. Injuries are classified differently, so yours will either be a permanent partial disability, temporary total disability, or permanent total disability.

Based on your condition, your workers’ comp attorney will make a request as to how much aid you should receive.

About Workers’ Comp

Workers’ comp claims, if accepted, will get you the aid you need. However, there are certain scenarios to be aware of before you enter into the claims process.

First, if your employer tells you that you shouldn’t file a workers’ comp claim or threatens you in any way, that is against the law. A company cannot instruct an employee to not file a claim, and you should contact the worker’s compensation office. If you and your employer continue to disagree about the claim, you have the right to a hearing to resolve the dispute. If you do end up having a hearing, it’s best to bring representation from a workers comp attorney.

It’s also important to know that you cannot sue your employer for a work-related injury (in almost every case). The workers’ compensation laws protect employers from this type of situation, so generally works’ comp is your only option. However, if your injury was caused by someone else, you may be able to receive workers’ comp benefits and sue the responsible party. It’s best to handle a situation like that with a workers’ compensation attorney who has extensive knowledge of the field and can help you navigate that process.

Also, if you return to work, in some cases you’ll still receive a smaller amount of benefits. This happens if your wages decrease upon your return to work after an accident. If you return to work and receive equal or greater wages, your workers’ comp benefits may be stopped.

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Why Is My Workers Compensation Claim Getting Denied?

If your workers’ compensation claim has been denied, it’s natural to feel frustrated. The process can seem endless and overwhelming, and the rules vary state-by-state, so there’s no textbook answer to your problems.

But don’t panic. Our team of dedicated attorneys understand workers’ comp and can provide the assistance you need. It may also be helpful to understand a few possible reasons why your claim was denied.

Here are some common causes:
The claim wasn’t filed on time
You did not give a detailed enough explanation of the accident or injury
Your employer has disputed the claim
The medical records are different from your claim
The injury did not occur in the workplace

Even if you didn’t anticipate problems or your employer disputing the claim, it happens often. Having more workers’ compensation claims can increase your employer’s insurance premium, which means it’s in their financial interest to deny claims. Employers may try to change the story to reflect better on them or may find a technicality to assert to deny your claim.
Once your claim is denied, you have 14 days to file an appeal in the state of Ohio. If you appeal, you’ll have a hearing before the Industrial Commission. Before this hearing, you’ll want to connect with a workers’ comp attorney in Akron who will represent you to get you the full benefits you’re owed.

Do I Need To Hire A Workers Comp Attorney?

Before you understand the process of working with a workers’ compensation attorney, first make sure you have the information you need to make a decision.

There are certain processes and situations where you’ll definitely need representation:

Negotiating With Insurers: If your insurance company pushes back against your claim, you’ll want a workers’ compensation lawyer beside you. Whether your workers’ comp insurance is private or state-funded, both types of companies are under pressure to resist your claim, or at least minimize it. Unfortunately, in these situations, the insurance company has its own lawyers who are experts in minimizing workers’ comp claims. You need an experienced worker’s compensation attorney to stand beside you and represent your best interests.
Workers’ Comp Hearing: Workers’ comp hearings do not happen in every case, but if your insurance company won’t settle, you will need to bring your claim to a hearing. This is another situation where you absolutely need representation from a workers’ comp attorney at our firm. Our attorneys not only bring decades of experience in the field but a thorough understanding of your case and your needs.

Workers comp attorneys are helpful in a variety of situations, so even if your case hasn’t progressed yet to a hearing, call Marshall Grinder Debski Pitts Law Firm today for a free consultation. You can receive help with medical treatment, returning to work, wage replacement, and more.

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What To Do If You’re Injured While Working

First and foremost, if you’ve suffered a workplace injury, you should immediately report the accident to your employer. Once your employer is aware of the accident they should give you forms to fill out to file for workers compensation, but if they don’t, contact Marshall Grinder Debski Pitts Law Firm or the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) to receive an application.

The other critical action to take is to seek medical help. If your employer does not help with this, then find your own medical help. Every Ohio worker has the right to choose their own doctor, so don’t wait.

Then comes the process of finding representation and seeking the right workers’ comp attorney. What you deserve is an attorney who will listen, understand, and fight for your full benefits. At Marshall Grinder Debski Pitts, we understand that a workplace accident can be complete devastation. We believe our clients and the suffering and struggle they experience, and we’re here to help every step of the way.

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Workers’ Compensation Common Questions

It’s likely that your workplace accident or injury was completely unexpected, and dealing with these convoluted situations means there are dozens of unanswered questions. First and foremost, call our lawyers and attorneys to set up a free consultation at no charge. We want to hear from you and what your questions and concerns are so we can fight to get you the full benefits.

Here are some frequently asked questions and concerns:

How do I know if my injury is covered by Workers’ Compensation?
Almost any injury caused while working can be claimed unless it’s a pre-existing condition or injury that doesn’t progress. For example, if you previously had trouble walking but your workplace doesn’t worsen that, you are not eligible for workers’ compensation because the condition was already present. However, if your workplace significantly worsens or aggravates your condition, this may be a cause for a workers’ comp claim.

Some common injuries filed under workers’ comp include: head trauma, back injury, work-induced heart attack, and others.

What benefits are included under workers’ comp?
Workers’ compensation benefits include replacement of income, payment of medical costs, and occasionally assistance for job placement. Keep in mind that while this may seem extensive, these benefits are usually modest. The purpose of workers’ comp benefits is to keep the workers stable until they can return to work again.

If the injury or accident causes only temporary damage, you’ll probably receive about ⅔ of your wages through workers’ compensation. If you’re permanently unable to work due to the injury, you might be able to receive Permanent Total Disability Compensation (PTD), which is a long-term payment program. This a complex process that relies on different factors and it’s helpful to have an expert workers’ comp attorney on your side.

Will my benefits be taxed?
Ohio does not tax these benefits, and most states do not. The federal government also does not tax workers’ compensation benefits.

What To Expect From A Workers’ Comp Attorney

The attorneys at the Marshall Grinder Debski Pitts Law Firm will protect the rights of workers who have suffered a workplace injury and either need to apply for workers’ compensation or have been denied benefits. Our top priority is providing you the best possible representation to get you the full benefits you’re owed.

Before committing to working with a workers comp attorney, we understand that you have questions or concerns about the process. It’s why we’re here and why we offer a free consultation, so you can discuss your case without feeling like you have to commit immediately.

For most workers’ compensation cases, cases are handled on a contingency basis. What this means is that no retainer is required (in most instances). For our attorneys, this is not about getting your case settled quickly so we can move on to the next client. We truly take the time to connect with you, hear your story, and serve as a source of expertise and peace of mind throughout the process.

About The Team At Marshall Grinder Debski Pitts

Here is Marshall Grinder Debski Pitts, client communication is our top priority, and we are here to answer your calls. When you choose to work with our attorneys, you’re choosing a firm with 40+ years of experience, attention to detail, care and compassion, and support every step of the way.

We focus on cases involving workers’ compensation, social security disability, veterans benefits claims, and evaluation of all legal matters. Our lawyers and staff understand each client brings a new perspective and a different understanding of their case. We’re here to help and support you, and use our expertise to resolve your situation.

Our lawyers are members of acclaimed organizations, such as the Akron Bar Association and the Workers’ Law and Justice Group. Our attorneys have worked in a variety of related roles such as an adjunct professor of workers’ compensation law at the University of Akron School of Law, and as a district hearing officer for the Ohio Industrial Commission (IC), one of the agencies that administer Ohio’s workers’ compensation system. Real-world experiences like these further add to the knowledge and insight within our offices.

If you are seeking help with a worker’s compensation claim, call Marshall Grinder Debski Pitts Law Firm to get started. This team of dedicated lawyers will take the time to understand your case and your needs, and will work to get you the full benefits you are owed. If you need a workers’ comp attorney in Akron, you have come to the right place.

Don’t wait. Schedule a free consultation today, and for immediate assistance, call us toll-free at (330) 762-0280.

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