On-the-job injuries can happen in virtually any line of work – and the consequences can be very serious. While some injuries may be completely treatable, others can keep you out of work for weeks or months -- and prevent you from ever resuming your job. A workplace injury can put your financial future in jeopardy, so it’s vital that you understand your rights if you are hurt.
In Nebraska, you may be eligible for workers' compensation if you suffered an injury in the course of performing your job – and this can be an immediate injury or an occupational disease. If you need advice about your workplace injury claim, the attorneys at Dyer Law can help by reviewing your case and discussing all available legal options. Call Dyer Law toll free at 1-888-393-7529 or contact us via email. We're ready to help with a free initial consultation. We handle claims anywhere in Nebraska, including Omaha, Lincoln, Bellevue, Grand Island, Kearney, Hastings, North Platte, Norfolk, Columbus, Scottsbluff, Ogallala and Offutt Air Force Base.
Understanding Workers’ Compensation
Depending on your injury, you may be entitled to benefits including:
- Payment of medical and hospital bills.
- Payment of your mileage incurred for medical appointments.
- Payment of weekly income while you are out of work.
- Payment for temporary and permanent disability.
- Vocational rehabilitation (consisting of job placement, training or education).
Workers' compensation pays for your damages without a showing of fault. If your injury is attributable to a third party – such as the manufacturer of faulty equipment you used on your job or a negligent driver who crashes into you while you are working – you may be able to bring a claim against that party. This right is important because unlike a workers' compensation claim, in a third-party personal injury claim you can recover damages for pain and suffering.
Many people do not realize they can file claims for workers' compensation and against a third party. If your injury was caused by third party negligence, this option can be extremely helpful in securing the best possible compensation for your injuries in a timely manner. Third party claims, just like other lawsuits, can take months to resolve – and meanwhile, you have medical bills and treatment needs. Workers' compensation can actually provide you with benefits sooner, even though the damages may be more limited than those involved in a third-party claim. Your workers' compensation insurance carrier does have the right to seek reimbursement for a percentage of the compensation paid to you if you win your claim against a third party. However, this payment will be paid from the third-party’s insurance company to your workers' compensation carrier, so you will not be asked to pay back workers' compensation from your own pocket.
Work with an Experienced Workers’ Compensation Attorney
Workplace injury cases can be complicated – proving third-party negligence often requires expert testimony from qualified witnesses knowledgeable in specific technology or engineering. Third parties may attempt to shift blame onto your employer – or even onto you. And the paper trail of documentation needed to establish your medical status and treatment can be frustrating. But if you’ve suffered serious injury at work, you are entitled to compensation – and an experienced workplace injury attorney can help navigate the complex laws and procedures to ensure a successful outcome for your case.
The attorneys at Dyer Law understand how to handle workplace injury cases. We’ve represented clients throughout Nebraska – and we’re ready to help you. Dyer Law offers prospective clients an initial case evaluation for FREE in person or over the phone. Contact us seven days a week by calling 1-888-393-7529 or via email.