Kentucky was one of the earliest states to require workersâ compensation coverage to assist employees who are injured on the job. However, the system can be complex, and without a true understanding of your options, you might not secure the benefits you deserve. At Michael D. Lindsey, located in Bowling Green, I handle workersâ compensation claims for injured employees in all industries. With more than 25 years of experience, I can assess your situation quickly and press for full compensation, whether that requires action before the Department of Workersâ Claims or litigation.
Even the smallest companies in Kentucky must provide for workersâ compensation benefits as long as they have one employee. In some instances, a dispute might arise as to whether an injured worker actually is an employee or an independent contractor who would not be covered. If youâve been hurt or a family member has been killed at work, Iâll fight to get you reimbursement for:
My background in workersâ compensation and personal injury law gives clients an advantage as they deal with government red tape and businesses that donât want to live up to their legal responsibilities. Starting with a free consultation, Iâll fight to maximize your benefits.
Once you get to the point where your work-related medical condition will not improve anymore, you might still have a total or partial disability. If so, I can assess what type of permanent impairment rating you might be assigned based on the specific limitation involved. From there, you would be entitled to reimbursement based on the percentage of body function you have lost according to American Medical Association guidelines. Should you be completely unable to work, you would be eligible for permanent total disability and can have your wages replaced at a 100 percent rate up to the limit set by state law. These payments can last for many years depending on your age and any possible recovery.
Companies and workersâ compensation carriers use various justifications to deny or reduce benefits to worthy claimants. Frequently, a victim will be accused of trying to pass off a pre-existing condition as a workplace injury or blame the accident on conduct that wasnât work-related. My firm challenges adverse decisions in benefit review conferences in front of administrative law judges. If you donât get the relief you seek, I can bring your case before the Workersâ Compensation Board. At every stage of your matter, Iâll keep you informed regarding the relevant legal standards and the evidence that might change the result.
At Michael D. Lindsey, in Bowling Green, I handle all types of Kentucky workersâ compensation claims on behalf of injured employees. For a free consultation, please call 270-282-4710 or contact me online.