Delaware Workers Compensation Lawyers
Delaware workers in all industries and occupations can suffer injuries caused by activities at work. In some cases, sudden accidents cause the injuries. In others, repetitive stress or exposure to harmful elements can cause illnesses to develop. No matter what arena you work in if you have suffered an on the job injury in Delaware you may be entitled to benefits and financial compensation according to Delaware workers’ compensation laws. Connecting with our experienced Delaware workers compensation lawyers serving all of Delaware is a wise move.
The Newark Delaware workers compensation lawyers at Beverly L. Bove Attorney at Law are known for helping individuals get the compensation they need and deserve. Our Wilmington Delaware workers compensation lawyers handle cases throughout Delaware and eastern Pennsylvania. We offer free consultations to injured Delaware workers. In addition we offer a no fee guarantee. This means if we do not win on your behalf you pay nothing. Let us get you the benefits and compensation you deserve if you have been injured at work in New Castle County, Kent County or Sussex County, Delaware. Our office is located just minutes from downtown Wilmington and we offer free on site parking. With more than 60 years of combined experience in litigation and settlement negotiations, we can advocate for your rights to the fullest extent of the law. Reach us online or by telephone at 302-777-3500 to schedule a free initial consultation and get the personal attention you deserve.
Delaware Workers Compensation Lawyers Fighting For You
The first challenge you face when you have been injured at work is getting the proper medical attention. Not long after that, however, you begin to see medical bills pile up and suffer the consequences of being unable to work.
Your employer and your employer’s insurance company should respond to your needs if the injury you suffered happened at work or because of work. Unfortunately, these parties are greatly influenced by their bottom line. They aim to pay out as little as possible for workers’ compensation claims, rather than meet your medical and financial needs.
Our Newark Delaware workers compensation lawyers are dedicated to helping you recover maximum compensation for today’s injuries and tomorrow’s struggles. We can help you understand pertinent information about:
- Worker’s compensation payments and processing time
- Future benefits for long-term consequences of injuries
- Commutations and permanencies, which involve lump-sum payments or payments for specific types of injuries
- Workplace injuries and illnesses
- Workplace accidents in specific industries such as construction accidents
- Workplace safety and unsafe work sites
If you have been injured on the job, work with a lawyer who can confidently answer your questions, advise you on value of your claim and aggressively represent you against insurance companies.
Delaware Workers Compensation Benefits Overview
Being hurt or injured in the workplace or on the job site can be very overwhelming in the beginning. There are many issues to be dealt with such as how will you make up for lost wages, who is responsible for your injuries and how long will your recovery take. You may also have concerns regarding medical benefits and who will pay for them. You may also want to know what doctor(s) or healthcare providers can you see and can you choose them yourself.
Delaware Workers Compensation Medical Benefits
There are basic rules that apply to all Delaware employers regarding Workers Compensation Benefits. For instance, all Delaware employers with at least 1 employee has to have workers compensation insurance. This is to offer protection and benefits to anyone injured in the workplace or anyone who is exposed to an occupational disease. Also, Injured workers in Delaware are also allowed to see a healthcare provider of their choosing. However you may also have to undergo a medical examination by a doctor your employer chooses. In terms of any healthcare related expenses your employer is responsible for those costs as long as the injury is work related and prevent you from effectively doing your job. Lastly, per Delaware Workers Compensation Law if you are hurt or injured on the job you must notify your employer immediately. If you do not you are at risk of being denied medical benefits coverage.
Common Types Of Medical Benefits Covered Under Delaware Workers Comp Law
Other Benefits Awarded In Delaware Workers Comp Claims
Temporary Total Disability Benefits
If there is lost time which extends beyond three days due to the injury, temporary total disability benefits become payable starting with the fourth day lost. If, however, the disability extends to seven days, the full disability period becomes compensable and no waiting period applies. The benefit amount is 66⅔ percent of gross weekly wages received at the time of the injury, up to a maximum established annually by the secretary of labor.
Temporary Partial Benefits
If the employee goes back to work part-time or at a lower rate than his/her pre-injury wage, the employee may be entitled to ⅔ of the difference between the pre-injury wage and his/her current wage. Partial disability may be received up to 300 weeks.
Permanent Impairment Benefits
When a job-related injury or illness results in a permanent partial disability, benefits are based upon a percentage of certain “scheduled” or “nonscheduled” losses. A “scheduled” loss is one involving arms, hands, fingers, legs, feet, toes, eyes, and ears. A “nonscheduled” loss is one involving the back, heart, lungs, etc.
An employee may file a petition for disfigurement one year post accident/surgery for any scar, burn, or amputation related to the work accident. Disfigurement is paid out in a number of weeks up to 150 weeks, depending on the severity of the scar.
When a job-related accident or illness results in the workers’ death, benefits are payable to the dependents of the worker as defined by the law. The weekly benefit payments are based upon the number of dependents, but the maximum total benefit payable to all of the worker’s dependents cannot exceed 80% of the maximum rate established by the secretary of labor.
Children who are deemed to be dependents remain so until the age of 18 years or if a full-time student until the age of 25 years. If a child is physically or mentally disabled he/she may be eligible for further benefits. The employer or its insurance carrier is responsible to pay up to $3,500 in funeral expenses for a job-related death.
Contact Our Delaware Workers Compensation Lawyers
If you have sustained a work related or workplace injury call Beverly L. Bove Attorney at Law in WIlmington Delaware. Ms. Bove is a skilled Delaware Trial Attorney. Should a settlement not be reached our Delaware workers compensation lawyers are more than willing to take your case to trial. As your legal counsel our Delaware workers compensation lawyers will do their very best to get you the compensation, benefits and medical treatment for your injuries.
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The Delaware workers compensation lawyers at our firm serve accident victims throughout Delaware and Southeastern Pennsylvania. This includes Wilmington, Newark, Pike Creek, Hockessin, Brandywine, Fairfax, Talleyville, Kennett Square, Chester, West Chester, Coatesville, Media, Upper Darby, Malvern, Phoenixville, Avondale, Downingtown, Broomall, Bear, Glasgow, Middletown, Odessa, Smyrna, Townsend, Dover, Milford, Millsboro, Georgetown, Seaford, Laurel, Dagsboro, Lewes, Milton, Rehoboth Beach, Bethany Beach, Fenwick Island and Ocean View, Delaware.