Rapid City Workers' Compensation Lawyers
Fighting for Employee Rights in Pennington County
Most employers are legally required to provide workers’ compensation insurance for their 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. Any injury arising in the course and scope of employment can be a compensable workplace injury. Injuries to workers can happen in an office, parking lot, or construction site. At Whiting Hagg Hagg Dorsey & Hagg, LLP, our experience and 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 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
We Understand the Details
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 workers' compensation attorney specializing in workers’ compensation cases.
Workplace injuries may include:
- Lost limbs
- Head and neck injuries
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Repetitive stress injuries
- Back or shoulder injuries
- Brain injuries
- RSD (Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy)
- Chronic pain
- Permanent impairment
Navigating Workplace Accident Cases
Most injured employees don’t know the law, but a typical employee and insurance companies are 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. In South Dakota, an injured employee has the right to select the first doctor he sees to treat an injury.
If you experience an accident at the workplace, you should:
- 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
- Refrain from signing any document or making 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
Types of Injuries Covered by Workers' Compensation
The most important qualifier for coverage under workers' compensation is that the injury or illness must be related to employment, or in legal terms, "AOE/COE" (arising out of employment and occurring during the course of employment). Most injuries that occur on the job are covered under workers' compensation, including accidents and illnesses caused by exposure to work-related activities, equipment, and materials.
Workers' compensation generally does not cover:
- Self-inflicted injuries
- Injuries caused by alcohol or drug intoxication
- Injuries caused by horseplay
- Injuries that occur while commuting
- Injuries suffered while committing a crime
- Stress or other psychiatric afflictions
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.
Each Case Is Handled With Individual Concern & Care
Bilingual Staff Available to Serve Spanish-Speaking Clients
Cases Handled at State, National & International Levels
Over 150 Years of Combined Experience