Lexington Workers’ Compensation Lawyers
Handling Claims for Injured Workers
A serious workplace injury could lead to a complicated workers’ compensation claim. To prepare yourself and your case for anything that could come your way, team up with Kentucky Injury Law Center. We are a local team in Lexington that proudly stands up for workers from all walks of life and who are employed in all sorts of industries.
Workers’ Compensation Benefits
The premise of workers’ compensation is that you can get benefits after a workplace accident without worrying about having to prove that you did nothing wrong. This system is contrary to civil injury claims that require you to prove that another party caused your accident and injuries with convincing evidence. In fact, you can admit to causing your workplace accident due to a lapse of judgment without invalidating your claim.
Benefits that you can get through workers’ compensation include:
- Full medical treatment coverage
- Disability pay if unable to work
- Vocational rehabilitation courses
- Lump-sum settlement for other damages
A “disadvantage” of workers’ compensation in Kentucky is that you can’t sue your employer for additional damages if you get workers’ comp benefits. Your employer’s negligence could be the only cause of your injuries, but you would still be unable to sue them directly. For example, if your employer never installed a handrail for the steps leading up to the office and you fell, then you could get workers’ compensation benefits but not file a premises liability claim.
Death Benefits Through Workers’ Comp
When a workplace accident causes a fatal injury, workers’ compensation can provide for the deceased’s family through death benefits. Typically, death benefits will provide a portion of the deceased’s wages for a set amount of time. Funeral and burial costs can also be provided through death benefits, as well as the cost of final medical care that the deceased received before death.