Nebraska workers' compensation law requires employers to maintain a safe work environment in order to reduce the likelihood of tragic on-the-job accidents, injuries, and deaths. If you’ve been injured on the job, your employer is legally responsible to pay all of your medical bills and all prescriptions, with no out-of-pocket expenses and no copays. They are also responsible to pay wage replacement for all the time you are forced to miss from work due to your work-related injury.
Maybe the workers’ compensation insurance company hired a doctor who has now said that your injuries were not work related? Perhaps the work comp doctor found that your work injury was really a pre-existing condition. Or did they have another explanation; that your workplace injury could not have been caused by your awkward ergonomic setup, or that your injury was instead due to a degenerative condition? How do you know that your employer and workers' comp insurance company are telling you the truth? And what are they not telling you? How much is this costing you?
At Miller Grell Law Group, we will talk with you about your Nebraska workers’ compensation claim and give you thoughtful, reasoned advice regarding whether or not you need to hire an attorney. Under Nebraska work comp law, you have the right to choose your own physician, if said physician is someone that either you or an immediate family member has treated with prior to your injury. The workers' comp insurance company does not always advise you of that right. If your doctor has taken you completely off work or assigned work restrictions that your employer cannot accommodate, you also have the right to weekly wage replacement checks calculated at two-thirds of your average weekly wage at the time of the workplace injury. The insurance company does not always calculate your average weekly wage properly, and could be short-changing you. A “nurse case manager” may have been assigned to follow you to your medical appointments and may be making recommendations to your doctor with which you don’t agree. The work comp insurance company will not tell you that you have the right to be examined by your doctor without the nurse case manager in the room, and that you do not have to have direct contact with the nurse case manager if you so desire.
These are just a few of the ways you may be kept “in the dark” about your Nebraska work comp claim. Even if it appears that the insurance company is treating you fairly, their main incentive is to minimize the costs of your work comp claim, and Miller Grell Law Group will make sure you are receiving all the benefits to which you are entitled under Nebraska law.
You have worked hard your entire life, and the prospect of possibly being physically unable to return to the job you love can be a very scary and life-altering proposition. We know you’re in a difficult situation. We will provide guidance, counsel, and legal advice to get you through this uncertainty.
If you or a loved one has been injured on the job, contact a workers' compensation lawyer at Miller Grell Law Group in Lincoln, Nebraska, for a free consultation. Call us at 402-261-4736 or toll free at 1-877-791-0029.
Posted on Thu, August 25, 2011
by Miller Grell Law Group, Nebraska Attorneys Specializing in Workers' Compensation Claims filed under