Lincoln Workers’ Compensation Lawyer
Nebraskans are a hard-working people. With an unemployment rate nearly half of the national average, there’s no doubt that the workforce is strong in the Cornhusker State. However, even the strongest can get hurt, and there were 41,127 workplace injuries reported to the Nebraska Workers’ Compensation Court in 2012.
At Inkelaar Law, we advocate for the hard-working individuals in Lincoln who have been injured at work and need help to obtain the compensation they deserve. The attorneys at our workers’ compensation law firm have years of experience representing injured workers like you in the Lincoln area, and the knowledge of NE workers’ comp law to pursue the MAXIMUM compensation you deserve, all with no fee to you unless we recover.
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High-Risk Industries for Workplace Injuries
Although it’s possible to be hurt in virtually any working situation, there are industries and occupations that carry higher risk than others.
The Top 10 most dangerous industries in Nebraska in 2012 were:
- Health Care & Social Assistance
- Retail Trade
- Transportation & Warehousing
- Educational Services
- Public Administration
- Wholesale Trade
- Accommodation & Food Services
- Administrative & Support, Waste Management & Remediation Services
These industries accounted for nearly 84% of all reported injuries in 2012, with about 2,000 more injuries reported in an unknown industry. The remaining approximately 5,000 injuries occurred in industries such as agriculture, professional & scientific services, finance & insurance, utilities and more.
Types of Workers’ Compensation Benefits
There are several types of benefits available under Nebraska’s state workers’ compensation program. The main types of benefits include medical, wage loss and vocational rehabilitation.
When you’re hurt in the workplace, your employer is liable for all reasonable medical and hospital services you may require, including prescriptions, medical devices, prosthetics and any other needed supplies. You may even be entitled to compensation for medical travel expenses.
There are further rules regarding the selection of a physician and how disputes may be resolved, as well as the use of a managed care plan. Further, any refusal of medical treatment can limit, reduce or suspend a worker’s benefits. Expenses must be submitted to the employer or the insurer to receive payment.
Indemnity Benefits (Wage Loss)
Workers’ compensation benefits for lost wages are paid in the same manner as your wages at the time of injury, are not taxable and can’t be transferred to another individual. The first week of disability is not paid (unless disability lasts 6 weeks or more), so benefits begin on the eighth calendar day of disability.
According to the NW Workers’ Compensation Court, “the days of disability need not be consecutive,” and partial days missed due to medical needs can be counted as temporary partial disability.
The types of indemnity benefits include:
- Total Disability Benefits
Total disability can be either temporary or partial, and entitle a worker to 2/3 of his or her average weekly wage. This amount is subject to maximum and minimum weekly limits set by the state. Benefits continue as long as the worker’s physician deems him or her unable to work due to the injury.
- Partial Disability Benefits
There are three types of partial benefits: temporary partial, permanent partial loss of member or permanent partial to the body as a whole.
Temporary partial benefits are paid when an employee is able to return to work, but for shorter hours or in a capacity that earns a lesser wage. This type of benefit is limited to a 300-week period. Wages are equal to 2/3 of the difference between the old wage and new wage (subject to maximum and minimum limits).
Permanent partial loss of a member benefits are paid to workers who have lost a body part, or the use thereof. The benefit amount depends upon “statutory value”, based on a schedule that sets the number of weeks and amount of compensation allowed for various body parts. The rate is equal to 2/3 of the previous wages, subject to minimum and maximum limits, times the number of weeks allowed in the schedule according to the body part and percentage lost. If a worker loses the use of two members in a single accident, it is considered total permanent disability.
Permanent partial to the body as a whole benefits are paid when permanent disability occurs, and are calculated using the percentage of disability times 2/3 of the average weekly wage (subject to maximum and minimum limits). These benefits are limited to 300 weeks, minus any weeks during which temporary and permanent disability benefits were received.
Vocational Rehabilitation Benefits
If an employee is unable to return to work in a position suited to their training or work experience, they are entitled to vocational rehabilitation benefits. The employee may be eligible for temporary disability benefits while participating in a vocational rehabilitation plan.
How Our Workers’ Comp Law Firm Can Help You
If you are being challenged or denied in your workers’ compensation claim, you need help. As an employee you have rights, and when you are injured on-the-job, it is likely you are entitled to compensation. Unfortunately, it is common for Nebraska workers’ compensation insurance carriers to dispute a claim. If this has happened to you, we can give you the legal guidance you need.
The seasoned attorneys at Inkelaar Law are experienced in handling complex workers’ compensation claims for extensive injuries, and we can help determine the benefits you may be entitled to and pursue compensation for you. If necessary, our legal team will file a workers’ compensation lawsuit on your behalf.
Contact Our Lincoln Workers’ Advocate Lawyers
Whether your employer is denying you were injured in the workplace, your medical bills are not being paid, or you are no longer able to perform your previous occupation due to your injuries, the Lincoln workers’ compensation attorneys at Inkelaar Law can help. We know how the workers’ compensation court works and we can be your advocate.
We are proud to put our vast resources and experience to work for the residents of Lincoln through our office on Vermaas Place, and offer comprehensive legal representation to the following communities:
- Arnold Heights
- College View
- Downtown Lincoln
- Fox Hollow
- …and neighborhoods throughout the area
Call 1-877-537-4665 toll-free today to speak with us about your claim, confidentially and 100% free.
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