Louisville Workers’ Compensation Lawyers
Helping Kentucky Workers with Claims & Appeals Since 2002
According to the Kentucky Department of Workers’ Claims, approximately 80,000 employers and 1.7 million employees are covered by Kentucky’s workers’ compensation laws. That makes it likely that you and your employer are covered by these laws, too. Statutes such as these were created to provide medical benefits and income to workers who suffer an on-the-job personal injury – either from repetitive harm or a mishap such as a construction accident – or to those who suffer from an occupational disease.
At Walker Wallace PLC, our Louisville workers’ compensation attorneys can guide you through the steps you need to receive your benefits. From filing the initial forms to dealing with difficult insurers and all aspects of the appeal process, we’ll work hard for you. When we take on a case, we’re all in: Our skilled attorneys and staff work diligently to secure the compensation you deserve for lost wages, medical bills, and other injury-related expenses.
Can You Sue Your Employer for Your Injury?
The Kentucky Workers’ Compensation Act streamlines the system so that workers are not required to prove employer negligence. In exchange, you can’t sue your employer for personal injury.
The benefits available under Kentucky workers’ comp laws include:
- Medical expenses
- Disability benefits
- Rehabilitation and retraining
- Lost wages related to the injury and retraining
- Death and burial benefits
Kentucky recognizes different levels of disability. Temporary is reserved when you are expected to recover, permanent partial is reserved when you are not expected to recover from a partial disability, and permanent total is reserved when you are not expected to make any significant recovery from a total disability.
An insurance company may argue that your injury or illness is not as bad as it seems. To counter these claims that you know aren’t true, our legal team consults with experts as needed to build a solid case and get you the most benefits possible based on your actual level of disability.
Why Would a Workers' Comp Claim Be Denied?
There are various reasons that a workers' compensation claim may be denied, including, but not limited to:
- Failure to report an injury in a timely manner
- Failure to file a compensation claim on time
- If you did not receive medical treatment for your injuries
- If your employer is disputing your claim by suggesting it happened outside of work or was caused by some negligence on your part
- The injury you are attempting to claim compensation for is too difficult to prove (i.e. emotional distress, etc.)
- Failure to provide sufficient evidence that your injury was work-related
The good news is, even if your claim was denied, you are still able to file an appeal with the Department of Workers' Claims. Before you submit your appeal, you should discuss your situation with a skilled workers' comp lawyer to figure out what areas of your case need to be strengthened before contesting the ruling.
Filing a workers compensation claim can be complicated. However, our lawyers are here to support you in the process. Our workers' comp blog provides answers to commonly asked questions as well as valuable resources:
- Kentucky’s Workers’ Compensation Laws - Guidance on understanding the statute of limitations for workers' comp claims and employer responsibilities
- What Does Workers’ Compensation Cover in Kentucky? - Details on what types of injuries are covered by workers' compensation and whether or not you qualify
Have more questions? We're always here to help! Call our office today at (502) 947-3931!
How a Lawyer Can Help
Although you may believe workers’ comp is easy to obtain, employers and their insurers are not always interested in making things easier for you. Workers’ comp insurers may deny or undervalue the extent of your harm and expenses to mitigate their losses.
At Walker Wallace PLC, we have significant experience dealing with workers’ comp insurers, self-insured employers, administrative law judges, and the Kentucky Workers’ Compensation Board. We can assist you with claim forms to present a complete and accurate report of the injury and aggressively represent you when your claim is denied or the insurer refuses to pay properly.
If you have been injured at work, don’t rely on an insurance company to provide you with the compensation you need. Call our legal team at (502) 947-3931 for help now.