Welcome to the Workers' Compensation webpage for Epperly & Follis, P.C. Our experienced workers' compensation disability attorneys are ready to serve you. Our team of legal professionals does not approach its cases as mere jobs, but as causes in which larger issues are at stake - causes in which the firm's lawyers invest personal dedication to see that justice is done. If you have been injured at work, you should immediately contact the attorneys at Epperly & Follis, P.C so that you can be assured that you are receiving all the benefits available to you.
Workers' compensation is insurance paid for by employers that provides cash benefits and medical care if an employee becomes disabled because of workplace injuries, regardless of fault. Workers' compensation benefits entitle you to medical treatment to cure and relieve the effects of your industrial injury. Treatment may include consultations, physical therapy, surgery, hospitalization, drug treatment, nursing care, as well as physical and vocational rehabilitation services. You are entitled to be reimbursed for costs of mileage going to and from your medical appointments. The injured employee may also be entitled to lost wages.
It is important that you are aware of the following:
- Insurance Company Doctors
Your employer may tell you to visit an insurance company doctor to get a "second opinion." You should consult your lawyer before going to an insurance company doctor.
- The term "reasonable medical care"
"Reasonable medical care" includes, but is not limited to, surgery, special treatments, medications or physical therapy. If you refuse recommended treatment, your employer has the right to petition to have your benefits suspended.
- The No Discrimination Rule
No one can penalize you for filing a workers' compensation claim if you have a work-related injury, illness or disease. If you feel that you have been discriminated against because of a worker's compensation claim, contact Epperly & Follis, P.C immediately.
Retirement benefits should not affect the amount you receive under workers' compensation. Sometimes, however, there are instances where an unsuspecting worker gets benefits reduced upon retirement. Know the details of your pension agreement so that you don't lose all that is coming to you.
There is a critical difference between workplace injuries and other accident cases. Accident cases are governed by the tort laws. "Tort" means civil wrong, as opposed to criminal wrong. When a person commits a civil wrong he is obliged to pay civil damages to the person or persons injured by his act. Tort cases are based on a fault system. If an injured person can prove that some other person was at fault, that the fault caused an accident, and that the accident caused him an injury, then he is entitled to recover his full measure of damages.
The full measure of damages for a tort includes an allowance for pain and suffering and loss of life's pleasures. These are often called "general damages." It also includes compensation for all out-of-pocket losses such as medical bills, property damage, and lost wages. There are two problems with applying the fault-based system to workplace injuries: First, many industrial accidents happen without the fault of the employer. In those cases, the injured worker is left with nothing and has no remedy at law. Second, in order to prove fault, you need evidence. Evidence of fault usually consists of testimony by witnesses to the accident. In many cases the only witnesses to on-the-job accidents are other employees.
If you have been injured while on the job, contact Epperly & Follis, P.C. Even if you are already receiving benefits, it may be to your advantage to consult an experienced attorney to ensure that you are receiving the maximum benefits available under the law.
Epperly & Follis is a law firm focusing on catastrophic personal injury cases against major defendants such as nursing homes, hospitals, insurance companies, product manufacturers, corporations and municipalities. If you feel that you have the basis for workplace injuries suit, it is important to contact an attorney immediately. Epperly & Follis will outline the documentation required, the decisions that must be made, and will continue to guide you through the legal process. Call us today at 1-888-703-0109 or (804) 648-6480, or contact us via our online Contact Form.