A Lawyer With A Special Focus On Workers’ Compensation
Employers are required to provide safe places for their employees to work. Even when workplaces are safe, injuries can still occur. If you have been injured in a workplace accident, you may qualify for workers’ compensation benefits, otherwise known as workers’ comp. These benefits provide you with compensation while you recuperate from the injuries you sustained at work and make sure you are able to get the medical care and treatment you deserve.
The workers’ compensation process is complex and can be time-consuming. To be successful, you need an attorney with the skill to guide you through the process on your side. With over 30 years of trial practice, I have used my experience to help numerous clients receive the workers’ compensation benefits they deserve. I work closely with you to create a legal strategy that places you in a favorable position to receive the compensation you need so you can fully recover all the benefits you are entitled to for your injuries. Let’s discuss what your workers’ compensation claim is worth.
Putting My Years Of Experience To Work For You
Clients have come to me over the years with the following types of injuries:
- Injuries sustained by construction workers and laborers
- Lower back injuries
- Shoulder injuries
- Knee injuries, including meniscus tears
- Disk fusion and other back injuries
- Louisville workers’ compensation injuries of all types
Insurance companies do not make money by paying claims to injured parties, including individuals injured in workplace accidents. I work efficiently to ensure your claim is not unnecessarily delayed. During the entire process, I keep you updated on your claim’s progress and ensure you are getting the medical treatment you need.
Construction Worker And Laborer Injuries
As a construction worker, you are well aware that your line of work can be extremely dangerous. Even when you follow safety precautions, serious accidents can occur, leaving you with permanent injuries that affect your ability to work in the future. When you are injured in a construction accident, you deserve compensation that reflects the seriousness of your injuries and its effect on your future ability to work.
I am Kentucky attorney Alan S. Rubin, and I represent clients who seek compensation for their injuries sustained on the job, including construction workers. The workers’ compensation process can be confusing and difficult to navigate without an experienced attorney. I have been advocating on behalf of injured workers for more than three decades, giving me the experience necessary to guide you through the workers’ compensation process in an efficient manner.
Helping Construction Workers Get The Compensation They Deserve After Being Injured On The Job
I have worked with clients who have been injured in the following kinds of construction accidents:
- Machinery and heavy equipment accidents
- Falling off a roof or scaffolding
- Falling objects
In addition to catastrophic injuries such as when a body part gets caught in machinery, my clients often have disk or lower back injuries from a lifetime of heavy lifting on the job.
If your accident was caused by a violation of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) rules, you may be able to receive additional workers’ compensation benefits as a penalty if your boss maintained an unsafe workplace. If you think you have been injured due to an unsafe condition, call me today so we can start working on your case immediately.
Work-Related Car Or Truck Accident
Is a work-related car or truck accident a personal injury or workers’ compensation claim? Motor vehicle accidents are stressful and frustrating. When you are a commercial driver and get into a work-related car or truck accident while on the job, it can become even more confusing. You may be unsure whether your injuries are workplace injuries or if you can file a personal injury lawsuit against a third party who caused the accident.
I can answer these and any other questions you have. My name is Alan Rubin. I have spent my career since 1987 fighting for the rights of people just like you who have been hurt on the job, regardless of whose fault it may have been. With decades of practice, I have the experience necessary to help drivers of commercial vehicles through the workers’ compensation process. After gathering the relevant facts in your case, I can also provide candid legal advice on the likely success of a personal injury claim against a third party in Kentucky when the accident was caused by someone else’s negligence, even when it happened on the job.
Guiding Injured Drivers Of Commercial Vehicles Through The Workers’ Compensation Process
As a commercial driver who has been injured on the job, you are eligible for workers’ compensation benefits, which will cover your medical bills and lost wages. In addition, if your accident was caused by a third party, filing a personal injury lawsuit may result in additional compensation.
The workers’ compensation process can be time-consuming without the assistance of a skilled lawyer. In my years as a workers’ compensation lawyer, I have guided countless clients through the process. I am beside you every step of the way to answer your questions and aggressively advocate on your behalf.
Workers’ Compensation FAQ
How is my average weekly wage determined?
Generally, an average of your weekly wages is determined based on the last 52 weeks of your work. However, while your overtime is included, it is only considered under your normal hourly rate.
May I choose my own doctor?
Generally, yes. But some choices may be limited if your employer is on a managed care plan.
May I change doctors if I am not happy with my physician?
You may change doctors once simply by filling out a form with your new doctor. Referrals from your primary doctor are not considered a change.
Can my employer send me to a doctor for an evaluation?
Yes. Employers are allowed to have you evaluated by a physician of their choosing. Such doctors do not become treating doctors.
Are there any co-pays or deductibles for my medical expenses?
No. Although an employer can contest whether the recommended treatment is reasonable or necessary.
What happens if I am injured because my company refuses to follow safety rules or regulations?
Your benefits can be increased if your employer violates safety rules or regulations, but your benefits can be decreased if you violate a safety rule or regulation. For example, if you are a delivery driver, you should always wear your seat belt.
Will my case be decided by a jury?
No. Cases are decided by an administrative law judge after a hearing or by an agreed settlement. There are no juries.
Who will pay my medical expenses in the future?
Your employer is responsible for all future medical expenses that are reasonable and necessary to treat the original injury. Some employers will try to purchase that right from you, but it is generally not a good idea to sell that right. The law currently limits the length of time you may exercise this right, but there are ways to extend this time period.
What happens if my injury gets worse over time?
You have a limited time after your case is resolved to reopen your claim and ask for additional benefits if your impairment has increased.
How are benefits paid for a permanent injury?
Benefits are paid either weekly for 425 weeks or in a lump sum. While this can be negotiated, it is up to the insurance company of the employer to decide whether they want to pay you in a lump sum or not.
In some circumstances, benefits may be paid for a longer period of time, especially with an injury that causes you to be permanently unable to work, also known as a permanent total disability.
How are you paid?
My fees in Workers Compensation cases are based on a percentage of what I recover for you and are set by statute. My fees start at 20% of the first $25,000, 15% of the next $25,000 and 10% above that, up to a maximum of $18,000 (for injuries after July 14, 2018). All of my fees in workers’ compensation cases are calculated before I calculate expenses. In addition, there may be some costs associated with gathering medical records, reports and other evidence, which you would only owe in the event we win or settle your claim.
Do you give free initial consultations?
Yes. I am always willing to speak with an injured employee and answer any questions that I can.
Talk To Me In A Free Consultation
If your injuries were sustained as a result of a third party, I am also an experienced personal injury lawyer who has the skills necessary to place you in a good position to be successful in a lawsuit or a claim for damages against a negligent party. Call The Law Office of Alan Rubin at 502-513-0909 today or contact me online.