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Work Injury FAQs

Work Injury FAQs

What Does Workers Compensation Pay For?

Workers Compensation Insurance pays for your medical treatment, a portion of your lost wages and permanent disability or disfigurement. Bradley Law Group can also assist you in negotiating a settlement at the end of your case based on the nature and severity of your injury. This is where a “lump sum” cash payment is often made.

 

How Much is my Case Worth?

This will depend on your injuries, any permanent disability that you are left with, the particular part of your body that was injured, your earnings before your injury and your projected future medical expenses.  Bradley Law Group will give you a free consultation.  If we can help you, we will work to maximize the value of your case.

 

How Long Will My Case Take?

There is no standard length for workers compensation claims.  The length of your case will largely depend on the nature of your injuries and the medical treatment that is required to treat your injuries.  Some cases require only a few months and others will remain active for years.  We work hard to get you the best results possible.  We work quickly, but we will never sacrifice quality for speed.  We want you to get healthy and we want you to get the maximum settlement possible.

 

Can I Recover For “Pain and Suffering”?

No. Workers Compensation does not pay for Pain and Suffering.

 

Am I Allowed to Pick My Own Doctors After Filing a Workers’ Compensation Claim?

That depends.  If the workers’ compensation insurance company “accepts” your claim (meaning that they agree to pay for your medical treatment) then the insurance company gets to pick your treating doctors.  If the workers’ compensation carrier “denies your claim” (meaning that they refuse to pay for your medical treatment) then you are allowed to pick your treating doctors.

 

Can My Employer Fire Me For Filing a Workers’ Compensation Claim?

No. It illegal for an employer to fire you simply for filing a Workers’ Compensation claim.

 

How Long Will I Have to Stay Out of Work?

Your doctors will determine when and if you are able to return to your job. Your doctor will assign work restrictions while you are healing. These typically involve how long you can stand, how much you can lift, etc. If your job requires more than you are able to do, your physician will not allow you to return to work. Once you are able to fulfill your job requirements, your physician will clear you to return to work. Do not allow your employer to pressure you into returning to work before you are ready. This can result in further injury to your body and damage to your claim.

Do I Need a Lawyer?

 

This will depend on the facts of your claim and your particular injuries. Bradley Law Group will talk with you about your claim for free to see if we can help. We will tell you if you need a lawyer. If we can help you, we will explain what we can do and will answer your questions about representation.

 

Am I filing a Lawsuit Against My Employer?

No. You are filing a claim against your employer’s insurance company, not your employer.