How Do Lawyers Help Injured Miners?
While the law does require employers to provide Workers' Comp insurance for all employees, that doesn't mean all workers receive the benefits they deserve after an injury. Employers may dispute your claim and their insurance representatives will likely look for reasons to deny coverage. This is how insurance companies make their money - by finding ways to avoid making payouts.
When it comes to the Workers' Comp process, our knowledgeable work injury lawyers have seen it all. We're familiar with the strategies of employers and their insurance carriers and we know how to respond to efforts to deny claims. We also know what the Workers' Comp Board is looking for, so we're highly skilled in helping our clients provide all required evidence by specified deadlines. If a claim has already been denied, we're well-versed in the appeals process and know how to get claims through in a timely manner.
Additionally, our lawyers evaluate work injury cases for potential additional forms of compensation, such as personal injury claims or Social Security Disability. It's important to turn over every rock in order to recover full compensation for injured workers.
Common Injuries And Illnesses
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are several common conditions which frequently result in time missed from work for miners:
- Sprains, strains, and tears
- Bruises and contusions
- Chronic back pain
- Chronic pain in knees, ankles, and feet
- Chronic pain in the arms, hands, and fingers
- Respiratory illnesses (i.e. black lung, silicosis)
Any injury or illness which can be attributed to your working environment qualifies for benefits. If you're suffering from any of these conditions or another injury or illness, you should consider speaking with a lawyer who specializes in work injuries.
What Benefits Should I Seek?
If you or a loved one has been injured or even killed in a mining accident, you may feel overwhelmed about what to do next. All injuries and illnesses contracted during work qualify for Workers' Comp if it's affected your ability to return to work. But in some cases, more severe injuries qualify for Social Security Disability. Occasionally, a personal injury suit may be necessary - such as if a defective piece of equipment caused your injury.
It's important to do your own research, but speaking with a lawyer is the only real way to determine the best compensation plan for your situation. Our experienced work injury lawyers have helped workers in all industries receive the maximum compensation they were entitled to. We're prepared to evaluate your case in a free consultation before we come up with a plan of action, and we'll only ask for payment after we win compensation for you.