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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ) – WORKERS’ COMPENSATION

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) – Workers’ Compensation

Have you recently been hurt in a car accident, workplace accident or other personal injury accident? Or have you recently lost a loved one due to someone else’s negligence? If yes, then you likely have many questions. Here we answer the most common questions that arise after a workplace incident that results in personal injury or wrongful death.

1. Can I collect Workers Comp for a back injury?

Yes, you may collect workers’ compensation for a back injury that occurred within the scope of your employment. Most workers’ compensation law firms utilize a payment structure in which your first consultation is free. Thereafter, if the lawyer agrees to take your case they will likely work on a contingent fee basis. This means that the injured person does not have to pay attorneys’ fees unless there is a settlement. Then, and only then, will you pay a percentage of the settlement for attorneys’ fees and costs. This arrangement provides you, the injured person, with the security that you will never end up “in the hole.”

State statutes govern how the payment of benefits for workers’ compensation injuries occurs. These benefits are payable in a variety of different ways. Generally, an injured worker is entitled to wage loss benefits for the hours they are unable to work. Some states provide for workers’ compensation benefits in the form of payment of medical bills, permanent partial disability compensation, and rehabilitation assistance depending on the circumstances.

This is just an overview. The workers comp system is complicated and the available benefits are highly dependent on which state has jurisdiction over the injury claim. It is highly recommended that you consult with an experienced and knowledgeable lawyer to discuss the specific facts of your case.

 

2. Can I collect Workers Comp for a concussion?

Yes, you may collect workers’ compensation for a concussion injury that occurred within the scope of your employment. Most workers’ compensation law firms utilize a payment structure in which your first consultation is free. Thereafter, if the lawyer agrees to take your case they will likely work on a contingent fee basis. This means that the injured person does not have to pay attorneys’ fees unless there is a settlement. Then, and only then, will you pay a percentage of the settlement for attorneys’ fees and costs. This arrangement provides you, the injured person, with the security that you will never end up “in the hole.”

State statutes govern how the payment of benefits for workers’ compensation injuries occurs. These benefits are payable in a variety of different ways. Generally, an injured worker is entitled to wage loss benefits for the hours they are unable to work. Some states provide for workers’ compensation benefits in the form of payment of medical bills, permanent partial disability compensation, and rehabilitation assistance depending on the circumstances.

This is just an overview. The workers comp system is complicated and the available benefits are highly dependent on which state has jurisdiction over the injury claim. It is highly recommended that you consult with an experienced and knowledgeable lawyer to discuss the specific facts of your case.

 

3. Can I collect Workers Comp for an injury caused by work equipment?

Yes, you may collect workers’ compensation for a work equipment injury that occurred within the scope of your employment. Most workers’ compensation law firms utilize a payment structure in which your first consultation is free. Thereafter, if the lawyer agrees to take your case they will likely work on a contingent fee basis. This means that the injured person does not have to pay attorneys’ fees unless there is a settlement. Then, and only then, will you pay a percentage of the settlement for attorneys’ fees and costs. This arrangement provides you, the injured person, with the security that you will never end up “in the hole.”

State statutes govern how the payment of benefits for workers’ compensation injuries occurs. These benefits are payable in a variety of different ways. Generally, an injured worker is entitled to wage loss benefits for the hours they are unable to work. Some states provide for workers’ compensation benefits in the form of payment of medical bills, permanent partial disability compensation, and rehabilitation assistance depending on the circumstances.

This is just an overview. The workers comp system is complicated and the available benefits are highly dependent on which state has jurisdiction over the injury claim. It is highly recommended that you consult with an experienced and knowledgeable lawyer to discuss the specific facts of your case.

 

4. Can I collect Workers Comp for a whiplash injury?

Yes, you may collect workers’ compensation for a whiplash injury that occurred within the scope of your employment. Most workers’ compensation law firms utilize a payment structure in which your first consultation is free. Thereafter, if the lawyer agrees to take your case they will likely work on a contingent fee basis. This means that the injured person does not have to pay attorneys’ fees unless there is a settlement. Then, and only then, will you pay a percentage of the settlement for attorneys’ fees and costs. This arrangement provides you, the injured person, with the security that you will never end up “in the hole.”

State statutes govern how the payment of benefits for workers’ compensation injuries occurs. These benefits are payable in a variety of different ways. Generally, an injured worker is entitled to wage loss benefits for the hours they are unable to work. Some states provide for workers’ compensation benefits in the form of payment of medical bills, permanent partial disability compensation, and rehabilitation assistance depending on the circumstances.

This is just an overview. The workers comp system is complicated and the available benefits are highly dependent on which state has jurisdiction over the injury claim. It is highly recommended that you consult with an experienced and knowledgeable lawyer to discuss the specific facts of your case.

 

5. Can I collect Workers Comp for lacerations or cuts to the body?

Yes, you may collect workers’ compensation for lacerations or cuts to the body that occurred within the scope of your employment. Most workers’ compensation law firms utilize a payment structure in which your first consultation is free. Thereafter, if the lawyer agrees to take your case they will likely work on a contingent fee basis. This means that the injured person does not have to pay attorneys’ fees unless there is a settlement. Then, and only then, will you pay a percentage of the settlement for attorneys’ fees and costs. This arrangement provides you, the injured person, with the security that you will never end up “in the hole.”

State statutes govern how the payment of benefits for workers’ compensation injuries occurs. These benefits are payable in a variety of different ways. Generally, an injured worker is entitled to wage loss benefits for the hours they are unable to work. Some states provide for workers’ compensation benefits in the form of payment of medical bills, permanent partial disability compensation, and rehabilitation assistance depending on the circumstances.

This is just an overview. The workers comp system is complicated and the available benefits are highly dependent on which state has jurisdiction over the injury claim. It is highly recommended that you consult with an experienced and knowledgeable lawyer to discuss the specific facts of your case.

 

6. Can I collect Workers Comp for sprained or torn muscles or ligaments?

Yes, you may collect workers’ compensation for a sprained or torn muscle or ligament that occurred within the scope of your employment. Most workers’ compensation law firms utilize a payment structure in which your first consultation is free. Thereafter, if the lawyer agrees to take your case they will likely work on a contingent fee basis. This means that the injured person does not have to pay attorneys’ fees unless there is a settlement. Then, and only then, will you pay a percentage of the settlement for attorneys’ fees and costs. This arrangement provides you, the injured person, with the security that you will never end up “in the hole.”

State statutes govern how the payment of benefits for workers’ compensation injuries occurs. These benefits are payable in a variety of different ways. Generally, an injured worker is entitled to wage loss benefits for the hours they are unable to work. Some states provide for workers’ compensation benefits in the form of payment of medical bills, permanent partial disability compensation, and rehabilitation assistance depending on the circumstances.

This is just an overview. The workers comp system is complicated and the available benefits are highly dependent on which state has jurisdiction over the injury claim. It is highly recommended that you consult with an experienced and knowledgeable lawyer to discuss the specific facts of your case.

 

7. Can I collect Workers Comp for burn injuries?

Yes, you may collect workers’ compensation for burn injuries that occurred within the scope of your employment. Most workers’ compensation law firms utilize a payment structure in which your first consultation is free. Thereafter, if the lawyer agrees to take your case they will likely work on a contingent fee basis. This means that the injured person does not have to pay attorneys’ fees unless there is a settlement. Then, and only then, will you pay a percentage of the settlement for attorneys’ fees and costs. This arrangement provides you, the injured person, with the security that you will never end up “in the hole.”

State statutes govern how the payment of benefits for workers’ compensation injuries occurs. These benefits are payable in a variety of different ways. Generally, an injured worker is entitled to wage loss benefits for the hours they are unable to work. Some states provide for workers’ compensation benefits in the form of payment of medical bills, permanent partial disability compensation, and rehabilitation assistance depending on the circumstances.

This is just an overview. The workers comp system is complicated and the available benefits are highly dependent on which state has jurisdiction over the injury claim. It is highly recommended that you consult with an experienced and knowledgeable lawyer to discuss the specific facts of your case.

 

8. Can I collect Workers Comp for eye injury or vision impairment?

Yes, you may collect workers’ compensation for an eye injury or vision impairment that occurred within the scope of your employment. Most workers’ compensation law firms utilize a payment structure in which your first consultation is free. Thereafter, if the lawyer agrees to take your case they will likely work on a contingent fee basis. This means that the injured person does not have to pay attorneys’ fees unless there is a settlement. Then, and only then, will you pay a percentage of the settlement for attorneys’ fees and costs. This arrangement provides you, the injured person, with the security that you will never end up “in the hole.”

State statutes govern how the payment of benefits for workers’ compensation injuries occurs. These benefits are payable in a variety of different ways. Generally, an injured worker is entitled to wage loss benefits for the hours they are unable to work. Some states provide for workers’ compensation benefits in the form of payment of medical bills, permanent partial disability compensation, and rehabilitation assistance depending on the circumstances.

This is just an overview. The workers comp system is complicated and the available benefits are highly dependent on which state has jurisdiction over the injury claim. It is highly recommended that you consult with an experienced and knowledgeable lawyer to discuss the specific facts of your case.

 

9. What is a workers compensation attorney? 

A workers’ compensation attorney is one who provides legal services to workers who have sustained an injury in the workplace. Workers’ compensation law practice is a specialty field quite different from other areas of legal practice. For that reason, it is important that injured workers hire lawyers who are experienced in the practice of workers’ compensation law and understand the special rules that apply in that area of practice.   

 

10. Should you a hire workers’ compensation lawyer?   

If you or a loved one has been injured on the job, it may be beneficial to hire a workers’ compensation lawyer. Many people worry about the high cost of legal fees. Most workers’ compensation law firms utilize a payment structure in which your first consultation is free. Thereafter, if the lawyer agrees to take your case they will likely work on a contingent fee basis. This means that the injured person does not have to pay attorneys’ fees unless there is a settlement. Then, and only then, will you pay a percentage of the settlement for attorneys’ fees and costs. This arrangement provides you, the injured person, with the security that you will never end up “in the hole.”

Some law firms advertise “No fees until you recover.” That is another way of describing the contingent fee. It has also been referenced as “a poor man’s key to justice.” By way of analogy, many folks know that a real estate agent works to find a buyer for a house that is for sale and gets paid as a percentage of the sale price, once the house is sold. The same is true for the lawyer contingent fee.

 

11. What is the average settlement for workers’ comp?   

There is no such thing as an “average” settlement for workers’ comp. Each case is different. The amount of settlement you can receive for a workers’ compensation claim is controlled by state law, which has established a very detailed and intricate schedule for compensation of injured workers. For instance, if your residence or place of work is in Minnesota it is likely that Minnesota state law will control the amount of settlement available.

The amount of the settlement often depends on the legal skills of the workers’ compensation lawyer. For that reason, it is important that the injured worker hires a workers’ compensation lawyer that is experienced and skilled in that area of practice.   

 

12. Is it worth getting a workers compensation lawyer? 

If you or a loved one has been injured on the job, it may be beneficial to hire a workers’ compensation lawyer. Many people worry about the high cost of legal fees. Most workers’ compensation law firms utilize a payment structure in which your first consultation is free. Thereafter, if the lawyer agrees to take your case they will likely work on a contingent fee basis. This means that the injured person does not have to pay attorneys’ fees unless there is a settlement. Then, and only then, will you pay a percentage of the settlement for attorneys’ fees and costs. This arrangement provides you, the injured person, with the security that you will never end up “in the hole.”

Most workers compensation lawyers offer a free consultation to provide a preliminary opinion as to the value of your case. However, this typically takes a lot of hard work and effort on the part of the attorney to reach a competent and professional opinion as to the value of any personal injury case. 

 

13. How much does a workers compensation attorney cost?  

Most workers’ compensation attorneys work on a contingent fee basis, which means that they only receive payment for their services when a settlement is reached. Then, and only then, the attorneys are paid as a percentage of the total settlement. The contingent fee that workers’ compensation lawyers can charge is limited by state statute; thus, the contingent fees are generally less than the fees that would be charged for other personal injury cases, such as a car accident injury.

 

14. Who is the best Workmen’s Comp. lawyer? 

The best Workmen’s Comp. lawyer is one that is experienced and has a good track record. Any injured worker with a workers’ compensation case looking for a workers’ compensation lawyer should ask the potential candidates for information about their past experience and their successful cases.  

 

15. How do you get the best workers comp settlement? 

Getting the best workers comp settlement depends on many factors. First, you need the best medical evidence from the most respected and experienced medical doctors. Secondly, the best lawyers typically get the best settlements. For that reason, it is important that the injured worker have the services of an experienced and skillful workers’ compensation attorney. 

 

The Schmidt Salita Law Team Handles a Wide Variety of Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Claims.

The Schmidt Salita Law Team handles cases involving car accidents, trucking accidents, motorcycle accidents, pedestrian car accidents, and bicycle accidents.  It has many years’ experience in workers compensation , products liability and medical malpractice cases.

The Schmidt Salita Law Team has extensive experience with concussion injuries, traumatic brain injuries, neck and back injuries, whiplash injuries, broken bones, injured joint injuries (knee, hip, shoulder, wrist, ankle, spinal), amputation injuries, and vision and eye injuries.

The Schmidt Salita Law Team has offices through out the State of Minnesota.  Its primary location is at Ridgedale Office Center in Minnetonka, near the intersection of I394 and I494.  The offices are handicap accessible with ample parking.

 

The Schmidt Salita Team Offers Contingent Fee Arrangements.

The firm offers contingent fee agreements (You don’t pay lawyers fees until you collect and then only as a percentage of the settlement).  It also offers home and hospital visits to clients whose injuries present difficulty in coming to the office.

 

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The Schmidt Salita Law Team has locations throughout the Twin Cities metropolitan area of Minneapolis and St. Paul, as well as Minnetonka, Maple Grove, Plymouth, Osseo, Anoka, Coon Rapids, Brooklyn Center, Fridley, Blaine, Shoreview, Woodbury, Falcon Heights, Columbia Park, Stillwater, Hastings, Inver Grove, Cottage Grove, South St. Paul, Apple Valley, Eagan, Burnsville, Savage, Shakopee, Richfield, Bloomington, Chaska, Chanhassen, Edina, Eden Prairie, and Hopkins.