Every employer is legally required to provide workers’ compensation insurance for employees. In the event an injury occurs while on the job, this insurance covers the treatment, medical expenses, and lost wages due to an injury sustained on the job.
A workplace injury can result from the negligence of an employer or coworker, but fault does not have to be proven to succeed in a worker's compensation case. Workplace accidents can include anything from working in an office environment to a construction site. At Whiting, Hagg, Hagg, Dorsey & Hagg, LLP, our experienced knowledge can help victims who have been injured in a work-related accident.
Accidental death and dismemberment and workplace accidents are complicated issues. Many factors are involved in prosecuting work-related injuries. Therefore, it is crucial for victims to obtain experienced legal representation to ensure they receive the damages to which they are entitled.
Individuals incurring workplace injuries are entitled to compensation for:
- Medical and health care bills
- Disability payments as partial replacement for lost wages
Workplace injuries may include:
- Lost limbs
- Head injuries
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Repetitive stress injuries
- Injuries caused by other employees or equipment
- Low back injuries
- Shoulder injuries
- Brain injuries
- RSD (Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy)
- Chronic Pain
- Permanent Impairment
- Neck Injuries
Workers’ compensation law is very specific about how and when an injured worker can be compensated. Therefore, it’s vital for victims to obtain the services of an experienced attorney specializing in workers’ compensation cases. Most injured employees don’t know the law, but a typical employer, as well as the insurance company, is very much aware of how the compensation system works. In some cases, if a person is unable to return to a job that pays them their 2/3 weekly benefit, they may be entitled to total disability benefits, which means the weekly benefit for the balance of their life.
If you have an accident at the workplace:
- Inform your employer in writing of the time, date, and nature of the injury.
- Check your employment contract or written statement for information regarding sick or accident pay.
- Seek medical attention.
- Don’t sign any document or make any statements until you consult your attorney.
- Make immediate notes about the accident.
- Photograph the accident scene if you have a camera or cell phone available.
- Keep a log of your symptoms.
- Call your lawyer.
In South Dakota, an injured employee has the right to select the first doctor he sees to treat for an injury.
Whiting, Hagg, Hagg, Dorsey & Hagg, LLP, specializes in workers’ compensation law, and we have represented many clients in accidental death and dismemberment cases. We can evaluate workplace injury claims to ensure victims are receiving proper care for their sustained injuries and are fairly compensated for past and future medical expenses and lost income.
Call for a consultation today at 605-348-1125