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Representing catastrophically injured workers in Greenville, SC, and the surrounding areas
When a work injury changes your life and health status, you need quality legal representation. You likely deserve workers’ compensation. However, getting the benefits that you deserve isn’t always as easy as it should be.
If injuries are catastrophic, there are necessary steps to take to make sure that your rights are protected. The benefits you receive may be significant, and your medical care should be covered at no cost to you. It can be hard to know exactly what this means and what to do if you aren’t being treated fairly.
Catastrophic Work Injury Compensation Claims
A catastrophic injury is one that significantly impacts a victim indefinitely. Either because of the nature of the injury or how severe it is, the victim’s life is unlikely to ever be the same.
Examples of work injuries that may be catastrophic include:
- Loss of limb, amputation
- Hearing loss, blindness, loss of the sense of touch, damage to the senses
- Paralysis, quadriplegia, paraplegia, spinal cord damage
- Damage to internal organs
- Interference with a major life activity like walking
- Broken bones that are disfiguring
- Severe scarring and burns
- Traumatic brain injury, brain damage
There isn’t one type of injury or circumstance that makes an injury catastrophic. An injury is catastrophic because of the impact that it has on its victim. Recovery is unlikely. Even if improvement is possible, the victim faces an extensive and challenging process to restore their quality of life.
Catastrophic work injury compensation claims involve identifying what should be paid for each qualifying type of compensation. Then, your lawyer takes the appropriate action to ensure that you receive the compensation that you deserve.
Get help for your catastrophic work injury today. We handle cases in Greenville and throughout the surrounding region. Talk to a lawyer now.
Fighting Insurance Companies on Catastrophic Work Injury Claims
The insurance companies for employers have all kinds of ways that they deny good workers’ compensation claims. Maybe you have already heard the excuses and ways that they try to downplay injuries to avoid paying compensation.
Some excuses the insurance companies give for refusing to pay are:
- Injuries are not work related
- Surgery is not required, rehabilitation will do
- Disabilities are not serious or permanent
- You should be able to continue to work
- Timely notification of the injury did not occur
- Independent contractor arguments that you don’t qualify for benefits
- The injured person didn’t follow the doctor’s recommendations
- It’s your own fault that you are hurt
You may be able to pick from this list which excuses you have heard from the insurance company. Maybe your excuse isn’t listed here. Insurance companies often make it impossible to comply with their treatment requirements. For example, they may schedule you for surgery many miles away from home at a time when you’re ordered not to drive a vehicle.
Don’t let the insurance company intimidate you or use excuses to pay you less than you deserve. Our catastrophic work injury legal team knows how to move your case forward, not letting insurance company tactics stand in your way.
Rights for Workers After a Catastrophic Injury
If you have suffered from a life-changing injury on the job, here is a summary of your important rights:
- Emergency medical care from the nearest available provider
- Medical care at no cost to you from authorized providers chosen by the insurer
- Healthcare without cost until you reach maximum medical improvement
- No cap on weeks of benefits if you have a qualifying catastrophic injury, including paraplegia, quadriplegia, or physical brain damage – you may receive benefits for life
- Permanent total disability when you are unable to work at any employment reasonably available in the economy
- Lost wage benefits if you are unable to work because of your injuries
- Permanent partial disability according to a schedule for various injuries to the body after reaching maximum medical improvement
- Partial wage loss that pays 2/3 of the difference in pay for reduced employment
You do not have to simply hope that the insurer fairly pays these benefits. If you disagree with their decision, or they have unfairly denied your claim, you may challenge it.
How our team can help
Of course, to know if you have been fairly paid your workers’ compensation, you need to know what you deserve. That’s one of the ways that our team can assist you. Here is how we can help following a catastrophic work injury:
- Challenging the opinions of the insurance company healthcare providers if they try and downplay your injuries
- Proving that you meet the exception to the 500-week limit for paraplegia, quadriplegia and brain damage
- Understanding permanent physical disability and how it should be compensated
- Valuing lost income benefits and partial wage loss to ensure you are being paid correctly
- Filing legal paperwork and requesting hearings to have your case decided by a commissioner
- Gathering medical evidence to prove your claim and respond to denials by the insurance company
Our legal team can assess the situation, determine your rights, and then fight for your benefits. The aftermath of a catastrophic injury is extremely challenging. We are here to provide the legal representation that you need to get results and the benefits you deserve.
Free Consultation – Talk to a Lawyer Now
If you are just beginning your workers’ compensation claim, or if you are frustrated by the response you are getting in your case, talk to a Greenville catastrophic work injury lawyer now.
We help people get the benefits they deserve. Our team is experienced in handling the unique issues and circumstances in catastrophic injury claims. If you have been hurt, you can have experienced legal representation on your side.
Your consultation is free, so call now. We can meet you in the hospital, at your home, our offices, or another convenient place. Contact us today to begin.