Helping Injured Workers Secure Benefits
Employees of all industries run the risk of workplace injuries. These injuries can threaten your health and ability to work. Fortunately, injured workers can apply for workers’ compensation benefits to protect their physical and financial well-being. Workers’ compensation benefits can cover medical expenses, lost wages, rehabilitation costs, permanent partial disability and necessary work training if you cannot fulfill your old tasks.
All Minnesota and Wisconsin employers are required to provide workers’ compensation benefits, which compensate individuals injured in the workplace. Many workers are hesitant to “take legal action against their employer.” However, a workers’ compensation claim is not a lawsuit against your company; it serves as a type of insurance coverage.
We represent all manner of injured employees, including miners, construction workers, nurses, health care workers and more. If you were injured in a workplace accident, call Falsani, Balmer, Peterson & Balmer at 218-723-1990 to schedule a free initial consultation with our dedicated legal team.
Qualifying For Workers’ Comp Benefits
Unlike a typical personal injury claim, fault does not impact your benefit eligibility. Whether your actions, a piece of faulty equipment or dangerous conditions cause the injury, you may be eligible for benefits. Depending upon the circumstances of your injury, we can evaluate the possibility of filing a third-party lawsuit as well.
However, there is a statute of limitations within which you must file your claim, or you could forfeit your right to benefits. You must report the accident to your employer within 30 days of the accident. After that, state law dictates how long you have to officially file your claim and collect benefits.
To learn more about workers’ compensation benefits and filing guidelines, visit our page that answers some of our clients’ most frequently asked workers’ compensation questions.
Protecting Your Interests During “Independent” (Adverse) Medical Examinations
After you report an injury, your employer or their insurer may request an “Independent” (Adverse) Medical Examination (IME/AME) during which a hand-selected doctor examines your medical claim. Since the doctor is chosen by your employer or the insurance company, their results may be biased in the company’s/insurer’s favor in an attempt to deny just coverage.
Falsani, Balmer, Peterson & Balmer works with our clients to prepare them for their IME so they know how to best protect their claim during an exam. We can also protest biased findings to protect your benefit eligibility.
Contact Our Accomplished Attorneys For Counsel
Our goal is to help you secure the workers’ compensation benefits you need and deserve. Call our Duluth office at 218-723-1990 to schedule a free case consultation with our accomplished legal team. You may also contact our lawyers online.
We accept cases on a contingency basis. This means that you do not pay us anything unless we secure compensation on your behalf. Attorneys’ fees range between 20 to 25 percent of the total recovered compensation, depending upon whether your case takes place in Wisconsin or Minnesota.