We Help Injured Workers Across Kentucky.
Dealing with a work-related injury or illness can be overwhelming. If you are accustomed to a steady paycheck, many questions can fill your mind:
How will I pay my bills?
Who will pay for my medical treatment?
Will I be able to provide for my family?
KY Workers' Compensation
Workers in Kentucky are generally covered by workers' compensation laws. These laws provide for financial compensation and medical care in the event of an on-the-job injury.
The Kentucky Department of Workers' Claims (DWC), a division of the Kentucky Labor Cabinet, oversees the Kentucky Workers' Compensation Program. The DWC is the agency primarily charged with the administration of the program and has exclusive jurisdiction over workers' compensation claims.
What Benefits are Covered?
Kentucky Workers' Compensation covers several different benefit types, including:
Permanent Partial Disability (PPD)
Temporary Total Disability (TTD)
Permanent Total Disability (PTD)
Medically-related travel expenses
Why Hire an Attorney?
According to the Kentucky Labor Cabinet, "[d]ue to the complexity of the claims process, most injured workers hire an attorney to file a workers' compensation claim for them. Nevertheless, employees may choose to represent themselves, but they will be held to the same standards as attorneys who present workers' compensation claims."
Wondering what an experienced Workers' Compensation attorney can do for you?
1. Develop Your Evidence: The reason most claims are denied is because there is insufficient medical or vocational evidence. We can gather your medical records, arrange or recommend treatment with a doctor, obtain a medical opinion from your treating physician, and solicit other types of evidence (i.e., third-party statements or vocational expert opinions).
2. Negotiate and Structure a Settlement: Most successful Workers' Compensation claims settle before litigation. When it's time to negotiate with your employer's insurance company, we can go toe-to-toe with them to ensure you get every penny you deserve. Insurance companies use a variety of tactics like low-ball offers. When we represent you at the negotiating table, we call the insurer's bluffs. We can also help structure your settlement to maximize your benefits and avoid potential offsets with other types of benefits (i.e., Social Security disability).
3. Represent You at All Proceedings: If you cannot reach a settlement, then your case will likely proceed to an administrative hearing before a judge. Along the way, there are other proceedings such as depositions and Benefit Review Conferences. We will represent you at all proceedings necessary to win your benefits.
Don't risk your financial security - call The Hicks Law Firm today.