London, KY Workers' Compensation Attorneys
Dedicated Workers’ Comp Attorneys Serving Central & Eastern Kentucky
Workers’ compensation benefits exist to help you deal with the financial impact of a work injury by covering the payment of your medical bills and lost wages, as well as providing reimbursement for related out-of-pocket expenses and travel to medical appointments.
If you have been involved in a serious accident at work, Bentley, George & Sparks can assist you with the claims process and ensure that you receive the maximum benefits owed to you. Our London workers’ compensation lawyers Bruce Bentley, Tyler George, and Alison Sparks have decades of experience practicing law and work together as a team to come up with innovative and efficient solutions that work for our clients. We will do our best to ensure you receive the full amount of just compensation you are entitled to.
Don’t deal with the aftermath of a work injury alone; contact our experienced workers’ compensation lawyers for a free case evaluation.
What to Do After a Work Injury
If you have recently suffered from a work injury, you must act quickly in order to initiate your claim on time and collect the necessary evidence and documentation. There is a two-year statute of limitations on all Kentucky workers' compensation claims, but the sooner you start the better.
First, notify a supervisor as soon as possible following the injury. Contact them in writing and provide the following details:
- When and where the accident occurred
- How the accident occurred
- What symptoms you are experiencing
Your supervisor will then provide you with the next steps necessary to initiate a claim, including any paperwork you will need to fill out. If your workplace does not have a workers’ compensation claims procedure in place, you can contact a lawyer and/or the Commonwealth of Kentucky Labor Cabinet for assistance.
Next, seek medical attention if you haven’t already. Not only will a medical examination help with your recovery, but your medical records will also act as important evidence. Ask your doctor to report the status of your injury and any work limitations to both the insurance carrier and your employer as soon as possible.
We understand this can be a lot to deal with after suffering an injury, especially if you have been hospitalized or are confined to your home while you recover. Our legal team believes that wrongfully injured workers shouldn’t be forced to take on so much responsibility while still in recovery, and are happy to assist you with the claims process from the start to make the experience as easy on you as possible.
What to Expect When Filing a Workers’ Compensation Claim
By participating in the workers’ compensation system, employees may anticipate that medical expenses and most of the lost income associated with a severe workplace accident will be covered once their claim is accepted. However, employees are not legally permitted to sue their employers directly over their injuries, even when an employer’s negligence or misconduct was a contributing factor in causing them. In a perfect world, filing a claim would be a fairly straightforward process; however, the reality is rarely that simple.
Working with a skilled Kentucky workers’ compensation attorney can make all the difference. We can help you:
- File your application without any errors
- Understand your legal rights and the benefits owed to you
- Appeal denied claims
- Pursue permanent disability benefits
- Ensure you are compensated adequately for lost wages
Why Was My Workers’ Compensation Claim Declined?
One of the most common reasons for the denial of a workers’ compensation claim is that the claim was not reported or filed on time. State law requires that you report the claim immediately, often within a matter of days. Your employer is required to inform the state and/or its workers’ compensation insurance provider just as quickly.
Another common reason is that the employer simply disputes the claim, usually because he or she is attempting to decrease insurance expenses and liability.
If your claim has been wrongfully denied, our firm can help you appeal the claim so that you can receive the benefits you are entitled to.
Get Help Navigating the Kentucky Workers’ Compensation System
Talk to us today to learn more about the benefits and drawbacks of the workers’ compensation insurance system and what legal options you may have available to you when it comes to seeking compensation for a workplace injury. Whether you’re covered by workers’ compensation insurance or not, we’ll pursue every avenue to get you the maximum payout to which you are entitled under Kentucky state law.
Call (606) 332-2494 or fill out the form provided here to speak with a dedicated Kentucky workers’ compensation attorney. Bentley, George & Sparks represent employees in Central and Eastern Kentucky. We offer free initial consultations to discuss your situation.