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Effective And Efficient Workers’ Compensation Counsel

The workers’ compensation laws are designed to protect workers and their dependents against the hardships arising from work injuries or work-related death. While the statutory law is complex, put simply, if you are an employee who has suffered an injury and/or death as a result of a work-related accident, you are likely entitled to workers’ compensation benefits.

Every employer is required to purchase workers’ compensation insurance or self-fund a workers’ compensation benefit program to fund the workers’ compensation claims of its employees. It is not uncommon, however, for a workers’ compensation insurer to dispute a worker’s claim and deny workers’ compensation benefits. If the workers’ compensation insurer denies some or all benefits, you should speak with an experienced attorney.

Were you injured at work? Call 402-817-2717 or toll free at 800-655-9606 to discuss your case with our experienced legal team during a free consultation.

What Workers’ Compensation Benefits Are You Entitled To?

As experienced workers’ compensation attorneys, we first assess what benefits you may be entitled to, whether it is lost wages, medical expenses, right to vocational counseling or retraining, or compensation for any permanent disability or impairment related to a work injury. Next, we will actively pursue benefits you are entitled to by working with the workers’ compensation carrier and/or the attorney for your employer. If necessary, we will file suit on your behalf.

Do You Need A Workers’ Compensation Attorney?

You are not required to hire a workers’ compensation attorney, however, you may find it difficult to handle a workers’ compensation claim without assistance, especially in cases of complicated or extensive injuries. What is more difficult is knowing whether the insurance company is following the law and paying what you are entitled to by law. We don’t want to waste your time or money. If we don’t believe you need an attorney, we’ll tell you. While every case is unique, hiring a workers’ compensation attorney may be necessary if:

  • Your employer denies you were injured on the job.
  • The workers’ compensation insurer claims your injury existed before your accident.
  • The workers’ compensation insurer denied your benefits.
  • Medical bills are not being paid.
  • You are not being paid for the time you are unable to work due to your injury.
  • You are only able to work limited hours due to your work-related injury, and you are not being compensated for the missed hours.
  • You have been put at light duty due to your injury and are being paid less.
  • The adjuster promises benefits or care but does not follow through.
  • An attorney for the insurance company or your employer wants to take a recorded statement or your deposition.
  • You feel that you have permanent injuries as a result of your work accident.
  • Your workers’ compensation benefits have suddenly stopped, but you are still unable to work, or have not fully recovered from your accident.
  • Due to your work accident, you are no longer able to do the work that you are accustomed to or trained for.
  • The workers’ compensation insurer has instructed you to see their doctor after you have already started treatment with your own physician.

Experienced Workers’ Compensation Attorneys

Our predecessor firm began representing clients in workplace injury cases in the 1940s. Since that time, Atwood Law, has successfully represented clients in cases ranging from relatively simple back injuries to catastrophic injuries and death. We know how the workers’ compensation system works, and we are very familiar with the medical providers and rehabilitation facilities in our state.

Our attorneys will apply their experience, knowledge and skills to ensure that you receive all of the medical care, rehabilitation services and benefits you deserve. To learn more about workers’ compensation claims, visit our workers’ compensation FAQ section.

Contact Our Skilled Lawyers For Strong Advocacy

Call us at 402-817-2717 or toll free at 800-655-9606 to schedule your free initial consultation. You may also contact our Omaha, Lincoln or Des Moines offices online. We assist injured workers throughout Nebraska and Iowa.


 

Frequently Asked Questions About Workers’ Compensation

Following a serious injury at work, victims often have more questions than answers. At the law firm of Atwood Law., we provide comprehensive legal services to workers who have been injured in workplace accidents. Below is a list of some of the most common questions our clients have in workers’ compensation cases.

If you are considering filing a workers’ compensation claim, call our experienced legal team at 402-817-2717 or toll free at 800-655-9606 to discuss your case during a free consultation.

What Benefits Are Available In A Nebraska Workers’ Comp Claim?

The benefits that may be available in a given case depend largely on the type of workplace injury you have suffered and the circumstances surrounding the accident that caused it. In general, however, the benefits that may be available include compensation for medical bills, mileage to and from doctor appointments related to the work injury and medication required to treat the injury. Many cases include payments for lost wages and permanent impairment or disability resulting from your injury. If you are unable to return to your previous job after your recovery, workers’ compensation benefits can also include vocational rehabilitation.

What Types Of Injuries Are Covered By Nebraska Workers’ Comp?

Benefits can be paid for injuries and medical conditions that occur as a direct result of your employment. If you were performing any job function when you were injured, you have grounds to seek workers’ compensation benefits. Whether your condition developed as the result of a single accident or took years to become apparent, such as an industrial disease or carpal tunnel syndrome, you are entitled to benefits just the same. Even heart attacks or mental illnesses that can be connected to your job can occur because of work-related stress and they can be considered for workers’ compensation.

What Should I Do If I Have Suffered A Work-Related Injury?

The first thing you should do is notify your employer. Follow the entire protocol and get copies of any incident reports and documents you are asked to fill out. You will receive direction from your employer regarding how to obtain medical care for the injury and the other benefits that may apply to your case. If you feel that you are not being treated fairly by your employer or its insurance company at any point, or any claim has been denied, contact a lawyer immediately.

What Type Of Wage Reimbursement Should I Expect While I Am Out Of Work?

You are entitled to receive temporary disability benefits while you recover from your injury. These benefits typically equate to approximately two-thirds of your average weekly wages.

Do I Have To See The Company’s Doctor?

You have the right to see a doctor whom you have a relationship with or who has treated you for other conditions in the past.

Contact Us To Answer Additional Workers’ Compensation Questions

There is no substitute for a conversation with an attorney to answer questions about the specific circumstances surrounding your case. We encourage you to contact one of our Nebraska offices in Lincoln or Omaha to schedule a free initial consultation with a member of our firm. Please call us locally at 402-817-2717 or toll free from anywhere in the United States at 800-655-9606 to schedule an appointment. You can also contact us via email if you prefer.

What Our Clients Say

The lawyers and support staff at Atwood Law Firm showed me sincere interest and caring on a very personal level, and I knew at all times my interests were front and center in all aspects of my workers' compensation case. This office is staffed by a great group of people. You can relax and be assured that your welfare comes first and foremost in their decisions and actions with respect to your legal case. You are kept aware of the process and progress in your case at all times, and your input is welcomed. I highly recommend the Atwood Law Firm to anyone needing legal assistance.

- WN

I cannot thank you enough for the peace of mind you have brought to my family! Both of my parents are extremely grateful for your work. I knew we were in good hands from the first meeting and you have exceeded all my expectations! It may feel straightforward to you, but to us, you have moved mountains. This settlement will allow my parents, particularly my Dad, to enjoy the rest of their lives to the fullest of their abilities. We all agree that we would give every cent back and more for my Dad to walk again, but that is not going to happen...

- DW

"...He didn't treat me like I was one of 100 clients. He treated me like I was his only client. He acted professionally but with empathy, dignity and friendliness. It didn't matter if it was something small or large, he was always there for me, be it by phone, fax, email, cellphone or meeting me personally at his office or elsewhere. He never rushed me when I didn't understand something, he'd take as much time as needed to explain things to me, especially when it came time for my deposition and in preparation for trial. He was there for me when I truly needed his help..."

- CG

"...My husband and I felt his kindness immediately and were both very impressed with his knowledge of what to expect in a wrongful death case. He pursued our claim in an aggressive manner while at the same time being very protective of our rights and privacy and sheltered us from any unnecessary contact with insurance agents, or any other adverse parties. My husband and I cannot say enough about the kindness, professionalism and legal ability demonstrated by Atwood Law"

- RD

"...If it were not for this law firm all I would have received from this injury would have been a loss of income check and a pat on the back, goodbye. Which only would have been a fraction of what I actually received. He was always professional but more importantly he cared about me and my family as people not just a client. He went beyond his role as my lawyer. He even spoke with my bank and explained why I was behind on my car payment. And this saved me getting my car repossessed..."

- HR

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Office Location Atwood Law in NE
Lincoln Office

575 Fallbrook Boulevard Suite 206
Lincoln, NE 68521

Toll Free: 800-655-9606
Phone: 402-817-2717
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Des Moines, IA 50309

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14301 First National Bank Parkway
Suite 100
Omaha, NE 68154

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