U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics show that employment in Lafayette, Indiana, is increasing. In general, in 2021, employment for all non-farm workers in Lafayette was up 16.4%, and the number of workers employed in manufacturing jobs increased 27.3% over the year before.
While this increase in the labor force is great news for the area, it also suggests that with more people working, there may be more workplace accidents. According to statistics from the Indiana Department of Labor, in a recent year, 73, 800 Indiana workers, or 3.3% of the state’s full-time workforce, suffered non-fatal work-related injuries or illnesses that were serious enough to require medical attention, and 146 workers suffered fatal injuries.
At the Klezmer Maudlin law firm, our mission is to help injured workers get all the benefits that Indiana law provides through the Workers Compensation system. We have successfully handled more than 31,000 Indiana Workers Compensation claims and are honored to have had the opportunity to help improve the lives of so many workers. If you or a loved one has been injured in a work-related accident in Indiana, you are not alone. The experienced Klezmer Maudlin Workers Compensation in Lafayette are here to help you get the compensation you need and deserve.
What Workers Compensation Benefits Can I Receive in Lafayette, Indiana?
The Indiana Workers Compensation system is designed to help workers who are injured while they were doing their jobs. Covered injuries include:
- Injuries from a one-time accident, such as bones broken because of falling off a ladder.
- Injuries and illnesses that take place over time, such as carpal tunnel syndrome from repetitive movements or cancer from long-term exposure to toxic chemicals.
The benefits you may receive from Workers Compensation include:
- Payment for your medical expenses, including doctor visits, surgery and other medical procedures, hospital bills, medications, assistive devices, and travel costs to medical appointments.
- Payment of a substantial portion of your wages while you are unable to return to work.
- Payment for permanent disability, if you are permanently impaired.
Receiving Workers Compensation benefits can make a huge difference for you and your family. The highly experienced Lafayette Workers Compensation attorneys at the pro-worker Klezmer Maudlin law firm want to make sure you receive all the benefits the the law provides so you can get the treatment and time off work you need to recover as much as possible.
Common Causes of Workplace Injuries in Lafayette, Indiana
You can get injured while doing any job, but some types of worksites have more accidents than others. Many of our clients have been seriously injured on construction sites, which, unfortunately, have a high rate of severe injuries and fatalities from workplace accidents. Warehouse and manufacturing injuries are also common. Heavy machinery accidents can cause severe or fatal injuries. Other accident risks include forklift accidents, slip and falls, and being hit by falling objects. Workers in some warehouses and factories are also at risk of becoming severely ill from exposure to toxic substances over time.
Service industry worksites, such as hospitals, nursing homes, restaurants, hotels, and rehabilitation facilities, put workers at risk of muscle injuries and strains and repetitive stress injuries. Unfortunately, shoulder, back, spine and neck injuries, as well as the spread of disease, are common. In 2020, the number of injury and illness cases in the health care and social assistance industries increased by 40.1 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Some types of accidents can occur in any industry. For example, slip, trip, and fall accidents can happen any time the ground or floor is slippery or wet, or whenever there are obstructions where workers are walking. Motor vehicle accidents can also occur among workers in different industries who are operating a vehicle as part of their required job duties.
The experienced Workers Compensation attorneys at Klezmer Maudlin in Lafayette want to help you navigate the Indiana Workers Compensation system, no matter what type of worksite accident you have experienced. We have more than 100 years of combined experience fighting against insurance companies and businesses to protect Indiana workers legal rights. Our Workers Compensation lawyers are eager to talk with you and help you get all the benefits Indiana law provides.
How Can Experienced Lafayette Workers Compensation Attorneys Help Me with My Claim?
If you have recently been injured while on the job, the Lafayette Workers Compensation attorneys at Klezmer Maudlin can help you file your Workers Compensation claim for benefits. We can ensure that you complete all the necessary steps in the application process and include all the required information on time. This will give you the best chance of having your claim approved quickly, so you can start receiving your benefits as soon as possible.
If you have filed a claim and it was denied, or if you weren’t given all the benefits you think you should be receiving, then you are going to need legal help. Even the Workers Compensation Board of Indiana urges workers to get an attorney if they are going to have a hearing before the Board.
In addressing the question of whether a worker who is disputing a Workers Compensation decision needs attorney representation, the Board says that while you have the right to represent yourself, that “may not be the best choice for you.” The Board explains that disputing a Workers Compensation decision requires knowing how to use technical provisions of the law, including the rules of evidence and rules that govern the way medical information can be shared. If you don’t understand the rules and you don’t present evidence in the proper way, you could lose your case. The Board concludes that instead of trying to dispute a decision on your own, you should “seek the services of a lawyer familiar with the Workers Compensation Act.”
The Lafayette Workers Compensation attorneys at Klezmer Maudlin knowledge of the Indiana Workers Compensation Act far exceeds mere familiarity. As a matter of fact, we wrote the Thomson Reuters book on Indiana Workers’ Compensation Law — Workers Compensation Law and Practice — that other lawyers throughout Indiana rely on as a resource and practice guide when they need authoritative answers about how to handle Indiana Workers Compensation claims, disputes, and appeals.
The Lafayette Workers Compensation Attorneys at Klezmer Maudlin Want to Help You Get Your Full Benefits
At Klezmer Maudlin, our goal is to help injured workers get the full and fair compensation they need. Our Workers Compensation attorneys have more than 100 years combined experience handling claims for workers throughout Indiana. We have successfully handled more than 31,000 Workers Compensation cases and want to put our experience and expertise to work getting you the benefits you need and deserve.
As your Workers Compensation attorneys, we will help you file your application, if you haven’t done so already. We will ensure that everything is done correctly and on time, so that the insurance company will have no valid excuse for turning down your claim.
If you are disputing a decision denying your claim, we will represent you and fight for your rights through the entire process, which may include mediation and appeals. We will:
- Gather the necessary evidence, which may include locating and preparing witnesses.
- Prepare and submit all necessary paperwork.
- Present the evidence according to the rules of evidence.
- Make appearances at hearings on your behalf (where your attendance is not required).
- Present persuasive arguments, backed by evidence, if your case needs to go before a Workers Compensation Board judge and/or a courtroom trial.
- Fight to secure all the benefits available to you, which may include additional medical treatment and a lump-sum settlement.
We provide personalized service to each and every one of our clients. We are committed to achieving justice for workers and making sure that employers and insurance companies fulfill their legal obligations to provide the benefits injured workers need.
To find out more about how we can help and to ask any questions you may have about the Workers Compensation claim process, call us at 317-569-9644 or fill out the contact form on our website. We will get back to you, usually within 24 hours or less, and will be glad to provide a free, no-obligation consultation and case review. We do not charge any legal fees until we recover benefits for you.
We are Klezmer Maudlin; an extra-ordinarily experienced Indiana law firm, serving Lafayette and the surrounding area. Our firm is comprised of personal injury and workers compensation lawyers with a long-standing reputation for success. Over the years our entire team of legal professionals have been focused on one thing: serving injured individuals in Lafayette, Indiana and the surrounding area, so they can secure the settlements they deserve and can move forward with their lives in a positive way.
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