Getting injured at work can be very stressful if you do not know what type of relief you might be entitled to. If you are seriously injured on the job and need financial relief, talk to a knowledgeable and experienced workers’ compensation lawyer to help you with your workers’ compensation claim. Mark Petro is an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer in Birmingham, Alabama and will help you get the relief you need. The Petro Law Firm has clients all throughout the Birmingham and entire Alabama area and is always ready to assist new clients in need of financial relief due to work related injuries.
WHAT IS WORKERS’ COMPENSATION?
When you are injured while working, you are entitled to workers compensation. Workers’ Compensation is a law drafted specifically to protect injured workers and ensure they are compensated for their loss in time and money. Workers compensation is considered a specialty area of law that numerous workers’ compensation claims made without the assistance of an experienced attorney are denied. Even many attorneys do not fully understand the complexities it presents. Workers’ compensation lawyer Mark Petro understands the complexities presented by such cases and has the vast experience required to ensure you are compensated for your work injuries.
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“From the first time I spoke with Mark he always had time to talk to me about my concerns. He never rushed me off the phone and he explained everything to where I understood and knew exactly what was going on in my Workman’s Comp case. Mark truly cares and works for his clients. I will recommend him to anyone I know who needs the best Workman’s Comp attorney in Birmingham. Thank you is not enough to cover all he did for me on my case.” Gwendolyn H
What Type of Compensation Will I Receive in a Workers’ Compensation Case?
Some of the various workers compensation benefits you may be entitled to include:
- Payment of medical bills and expenses
- Reimbursement for lost wages
- Compensation for loss of future earning capacity
- Compensation for physical permanent impairment
- Mileage reimbursement for doctor, hospital and physical therapy appointments
- Medical treatment
- Hearing aids
- Dental services
- Chiropractic treatment
- Physical therapy
- Nursing care
- Prescribed medications
- Rehabilitation services
- Vocational Retraining
If you are looking for a workers’ compensation lawyer in Birmingham, AL who has the knowledge and experience to help you recover compensation for your injury, call attorney Mark Petro. He is AV rated, has over 28 years of experience, and has an earned reputation for being efficient and getting claims quickly submitted on your behalf.
What Should I Do If I Am Injured at Work?
There are certain steps your attorney may ask you to take to ensure your claim will succeed. Here are some tips on what you should do upon being injured:
- Document the Injury (write down the circumstances that occurred with as much detail as possible, including the names of all witnesses).
- Report the matter to a supervisor immediately.
- Speak with a workers compensation lawyer.
Workers’ compensation attorney Mark Petro offers free evaluations for workers’ compensation cases. Make an appointment with our offices as soon as possible and allow Mark to review your case and see what assistance he can offer. After an injury at work, you are entitled to medical attention, disability payments, and numerous other workers compensation benefits.
What Is Not Covered Under Workers Compensation?
While many things are covered, it is important to understand that certain things are not covered under workers compensation. The list below details some incidents that might not be covered under workers compensation:
- An outing or event where attendance is not required by your employer
- Transportation to and from employment that is not directly related to employment duties
- Injuries arising from horseplay
- Injuries that occur as a result of being under the influence of alcohol or drugs
If you have questions about whether your work related injury is covered by workers’ compensation, contact workers’ compensation lawyer Mark Petro and allow him to evaluate your case and instruct you as to whether you have a legitimate claim.
15 FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS IN A WORKER’S COMPENSATION CLAIM
- Can I Be Fired By My Employer If I File A Worker’s Compensation Claim? Alabama law prohibits an employer for firing an injured employee in retaliation for filing a worker’s compensation claim. Many people injured on the job are afraid to file a claim because they are afraid they will be fired, or that they will be “picked on”, or that their co-workers will get upset, etc., but the law protects injured employees from retaliation. Do not be afraid to assert your legal rights. We are here to stand up for you, protect your rights, and to guide you along the process.
- Is My Employer Responsible For Paying My Medical Bills? Upon approval of the claim, the employer is responsible for paying medical bills related to the on the job injury. However, the employer is not responsible for paying medical bills incurred for treatment by an unauthorized doctor, hospital or clinic.
- Who Controls My Medical Treatment? The employer. Keep in mind that you must only go to a doctor authorized by the employer to treat you.
- What If I Don’t Like The Doctor The Employer Has Me Seeing? If you are unhappy with the authorized treating physician you may request a panel of four.
- What Is A Panel Of Four? If you are unhappy with your authorized treating physician you may ask the employer to provide you with a list of four doctors from which you can choose one to be your new authorized treating physician. You can only ask once for a panel of four.
- Do I Receive Mileage Reimbursement For My Doctors Visits? Yes. The insurance adjuster will provide a mileage form.
- How Long Do I Have To File A Worker’s Compensation Lawsuit? Two years from the date of injury or two years from the date of the last compensation payment.
- What is M.M.I? M.M.I. stands for maximum medical improvement. Only an authorized treating physician can place you at M.M.I. It means that you have reached the point in treatment where the doctor has provided you all the reasonable treatment available for the healing of your injury.
- What Is Temporary Total Disability? Also known as TTD, it is the time between when the authorized treating physician takes you off work and the time you are placed at M.M.I.
- How Are My Temporary Total Disability Checks Calculated? Your TTD checks should equal sixty six and two thirds of your average weekly wage for the 52 weeks preceding the date of the injury. If you have not been employed with the employer for 52 weeks, the employer may base the AWW on a similarly situated employee.
- What Is Permanent Total Disability? It means that due to your limitations, restrictions and pain from your injury you are not capable of returning to gainful employment.
- What Is Gainful Employment? It means that you are not capable of working 40 hours a week.
- Will The Insurance Company Hire An Investigator To Spy On Me? Sometimes the insurance company will hire an investigator to follow you in hopes of getting on video something you claim you physically cannot do due to your on the job injuries. The bottom line is to always be truthful. The worst thing you can do to hurt the value of your case is to lie about the extent of your injuries.
- Am I Entitled To Compensation For Pain and Suffering and Mental Anguish? Under the Alabama Workers’ compensation laws you are not entitled to receive compensation for pain and suffering and mental anguish.
- Can I Sue My Supervisor(s) For Pain and Suffering and Mental Anguish In Addition To Making A Worker’s Compensation Claim? Under Alabama law you can only sue your employer for worker’s compensation benefits, but under very rare circumstances you can sue your supervisor(s) and claim compensation for pain and suffering and mental anguish.
Have You Taken the Appropriate Steps?
At Petro Law Firm, P.C. of Birmingham, AL, we find that many of our clients are initially afraid to seek out an attorney, because they fear they will lose their job or they aren’t sure how to pursue a claim.
What are your rights? Are you getting all the benefits you deserve? Immediately after an on-the-job injury, an injured employee should meet with an experienced Birmingham workers’ compensation attorney who is familiar with workers’ compensation laws in Alabama and who will make sure you take all the right steps.
Workers’ compensation provides wage replacement compensation while you are taken off work, medical treatment, compensation for permanent injuries, compensation for future loss of earning capacity, and, in some instances, vocational retraining. Also, under Alabama law it is illegal for an employer to fire an employee in retaliation for filing a workers’ compensation claim.
Retain the Most Experienced and Efficient Workers’ Compensation Lawyer
Workers’ compensation cases require an experienced and knowledgeable attorney who can navigate though the complexities often presented. Attorney Mark Petro has been assisting injured parties for over 28 years and has the qualifications needed to achieve success. Our goal is to get your claim settled in a timely and efficient manner. Contact us today for a free initial consultation at (205) 433-0605.