Idaho Falls Workers’ Comp Attorneys
If you have been injured on the job, workers’ compensation can provide critical coverage for your medical expenses and loss of income resulting from your injury. Unfortunately, while Idaho’s workers’ comp law is designed to make it easy to receive “no-fault” benefits, employers and their insurance adjusters routinely reduce, delay, and deny employees’ claims for benefits. As a result, most injured workers need an experienced attorney in order to collect the benefits they deserve — so don’t hire an attorney you have not met.
At Petersen, Parkinson & Arnold PLLC, we have decades of experience helping injured workers in the Idaho Falls area collect workers’ compensation benefits. Our attorneys are intimately familiar with the process of filing for workers’ comp; and whether you were just injured or have already had your claim denied, we can assist you in protecting your legal rights. With our contingency-fee representation, it costs you nothing out-of-pocket to hire our workers’ comp lawyers, and every case starts with a free, no-pressure, and completely confidential consultation with an attorney. Attorney James Arnold se habla espanol.
Get Help from a Certified Workers’ Compensation Specialist
How do you file a workers’ compensation claim? How do you know if your claim is valid? How do you protect your rights if your claim is wrongfully denied? What benefits are you entitled to receive? These are all important questions, and they do not have easy answers. When you schedule a free initial consultation at Petersen, Parkinson & Arnold PLLC, you will meet with an Attorney who will provide you with the information you need to make decisions about your claim, and will do everything necessary to maximize your medical and financial recovery.
Understanding Your Right to Workers’ Comp Benefits
In Idaho, employers are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance. When you get injured (or become ill) on the job, this insurance is supposed to cover your medical bills, loss of income (also referred to as temporary or permanent disability). You should not be required to pay any medical or rehabilitation costs out of pocket; and depending upon your wage or salary, workers’ compensation can cover up to 67 percent of your weekly income during and after your period of disability.
In order to be eligible for benefits, you need to report your injury or illness to your employer. In most cases, this should be done immediately; and if you wait longer than 60 days, you could lose your right to seek benefits. Reporting your injury or illness is a separate step from filing a workers’ comp claim. In addition to reporting the incident within 60 days, you must file your claim within one year in order to remain have your injury or illness covered.
Get Help with Your Idaho Falls Workers’ Comp Claim
When you hire us for your workers’ comp claim, an attorney will guide you every step of the way. We can make sure you meet the necessary deadlines, and we can deal with your employer and its insurance adjuster on your behalf. Our attorneys have more than 75 years of collective experience in workers’ compensation cases involving:
- Back, neck, shoulder, hip, knee, ankle and feet injuries
- Face and head injuries
- Joint and limb injuries (including bone fractures and soft tissue injuries)
- Occupational illnesses and diseases
- Repetitive stress injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Other job-related injuries and illnesses
Answers to FAQs: Filing for Workers’ Comp in Idaho Falls
Q: How soon after I file my workers' comp claim should I start receiving benefits?
Typically, you should begin receiving disability (wage replacement) benefits within four weeks of the date of your injury. If it has been close to a month (or longer than a month) since you filed your workers’ compensation claim, you should seek professional help for getting your benefits application approved.
Q: How can I find out if my employer has workers' compensation insurance?
You should find out whether your employer has workers’ compensation insurance when you report your illness or injury. If you are struggling to get answers from your employer, you can check the Idaho Industrial Commission’s online database of workers’ compensation employers.
Some employers “self-insure” for workers’ compensation claims, meaning that they pay the costs of their employees’ claims directly. Whether your employer has workers’ compensation insurance or self-insures, your rights as an injured worker are the same.
Q: Can I see my own doctor for a work-related injury?
Under Idaho law, you are required to see a doctor approved by your employer unless you obtain alternate approval or file a successful petition for approval with the Idaho Industrial Commission. If you see your own doctor without approval, your employer may be within its rights to deny coverage for your injury-related losses and expenses.
Q: What types of job-related accidents are covered by workers' comp in Idaho?
Workers’ comp covers all job-related accidents with only very limited exceptions. What is covered includes (but is not limited to):
- Accidents involving tools and machinery
- Auto accidents
- Electrocutions and fires
- Forklift and heavy equipment accidents
- Ladder and scaffolding accidents
- Lifting accidents causing back and neck injuries
- Office accidents
- Slips and falls
Contact Our Idaho Falls Workers’ Comp Lawyers
If you have questions about filing for workers’ compensation or need help with your Idaho workers’ comp claim, we encourage you to contact us for a free initial consultation with an Attorney. To speak or meet with an experienced attorney in confidence, please call (208) 522-5200 or inquire online today.