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Workers Compensation Attorney in Lexington, KY

 
Workers Compensation - Law Office of Paul Guthrie- Lexington, Kentucky
 
There are several factors that enter into the amount of benefits you receive. First of all, if we win or settle your case, the insurance company has to pay your past medical bills; as well as your future medical expenses related to the injury. Also, if you do have permanent injury, you will be entitled to money benefits, and possibly vocational training. Factors which enter into the amount which you will receive include your before and after wage. A high wage worker receives more money than a low wage worker because his or her losses are greater.
Second, you receive three times as much money as you would otherwise if you are physically unable to perform the requirements of the job you were doing when you were injured. Also, involved in this determination is your percentage of impairment, which is a number that will be chosen by your doctor or a doctor I send you to. The insurance company will, in all likelihood, send you to a doctor of its choosing, hoping to get a lower impairment rating.
 
A judge must determine which version of the facts to believe unless your case is compromised. If your case is compromised, meaning settled, you may elect to receive a lump sum settlement. If your case goes to a judge for decision, you will receive weekly benefits over a period of years, probably eight years. You also may elect to receive weekly benefits if your case is settled. Most of my clients have chosen the lump sum.
The insurance company will, in all likelihood, send you to a doctor of its choosing, hoping to get a lower impairment rating. A judge must determine which version of the facts to believe unless your case is compromised. If your case is compromised, meaning settled, you may elect to receive a lump sum settlement. If your case goes to a judge for decision, you will receive weekly benefits over a period of years, probably eight years. You also may elect to receive weekly benefits if your case is settled. Most of my clients have chosen the lump sum.
Workers' compensation attorney fees are set by law. The lawyer receives 20% of the first $25,000, 15% of the next $10,000, and 5% of an amount above $35,000, up to a maximum of $12,000. The lawyer also gets repaid at the conclusion of the case, if the case is won, for the expenses he has advanced during the case.
 
Workers Compensation attorney - Law Office - Lexington, Kentucky
 
There is a two-year statute of limitations in workers' compensation cases. That is, you have two years after your injury to file your claim; or, if the insurance company has voluntarily paid you wage benefits after you were hurt, two years from the last date they paid such wage benefits. After the two-year period expires, your claim will be dismissed because it has been filed too late.
These cases usually take about six months to complete if the case goes all the way to a judge for a hearing. They are sometimes finished more quickly than that because they are settled. Occasionally they take longer because there is an appeal filed by one side or the other. It is, therefore, best for you to contact me and file your claim as soon as possible after you are hurt.
If you are hurt in an automobile accident while on the job, you may have both an automobile accident case and a workers' compensation case.
 
This is just a brief explanation of workers' compensation law and the process. To actually get started, you need to call and make an appointment so that we can prepare certain forms, have you sign them, and send them to the Kentucky Department of Workers' Claims. You will need to bring with you some sort of medical record about your work related injury and a paycheck stub, W-2 form, or income tax return showing what you were making before the injury; and, if you are working now, something showing what you are earning now. If you don't have the medical record, come anyway.
I will have you sign a medical authorization, in any event, and will be contacting your doctor or doctors for medical records and information concerning your injury. I will fight to get every penny you deserve. The better you do, the better I do! We are in this together, so give me a call. Phone or office consultations are also free, so give me a call.
Contact me in Lexington, Kentucky, to schedule an appointment to discuss your accident or workers' compensation case.