Ashland KY Workers Compensation Lawyer
Protecting People Injured While on the Job
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An injured back or neck, a broken arm or leg, a dislocated shoulder or hip, or an injury that built up over time from doing the same motions over and over such as carpal tunnel syndrome are all typical injuries that can happen while you are working. When you are in Kentucky or working for a Kentucky employer out of state and hurt on the job or injured while acting within the scope of your employment duties, regardless of whether the injury is permanent or temporary, you are likely covered under the Kentucky workers’ compensation laws.
Our work comp law firm, William C.O. Reaves, P.S.C., assists people who were injured on the job get payment of their work injury medical expenses, a portion of any lost wages, and rehabilitation or retraining. Contact our Ashland, Kentucky, workers’ compensation attorney, William C.O. Reaves, online or at 606-547-4419 to schedule your free initial consultation. consultation.
A Work Injury Attorney, Providing Important Information About Workers’ Compensation in Kentucky
Each state can create its own workers’ compensation system and rules. In Kentucky:
- You do not have to prove that your employer did something wrong. You must only show that you were injured on the job. Fault does not matter.
- You cannot be fired for making a workers’ compensation claim. Kentucky law specifically protects employees from being discharged or otherwise discriminated against for making a claim for benefits.
- There are no out-of-pocket medical expenses for work-related injuries. Your personal insurance does not pay for job injury. Reasonable and necessary medical expenses from your properly designated physician related to your injury are fully covered through workers’ compensation. This includes the mileage you put on your car driving to doctor’s appointments. It is important that these out-of-pocket costs are submitted in a timely manner, however.
- You are entitled to medical treatment and you can choose your own physician. Within certain guidelines, you are able to choose the doctor who will treat your injury. Inquire about how the designated physician process works.
- You must file a claim within two years of the date of the injury. This can be confusing; you must file within two years of the actual injury, not the completion of medical treatment or the receipt of medical bills. However, if you were off-work long enough to receive temporary total disability checks from the workers compensation insurance company, your two year statute of limitations begins when you received the last check. Some unusual circumstances may even extend this period.
- You do not have to pay attorney fees out-of-pocket. Legal fees are set by state law and are paid from whatever amount is recovered on your behalf. At William C.O. Reaves, P.S.C., if we do not recover any money for you, you do not owe us attorney fees.
To learn more about each of these areas of workers’ compensation in Kentucky, contact a work injury lawyer from our law firm online or at 606-547-4419. William C.O. Reaves will take the time to answer all of your questions.