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Ken Kieklak, Attorney at Law, can help you if you suffered a severe injury while working at RiceLand Foods in Arkansas. Over the years, we have been witnesses of the challenges many hard-working Arkansans have to endure after a workplace injury. For this reason, we dedicate our efforts to fighting for the compensation you deserve.
While nothing can undo your accident and injuries, your workers’ compensation benefits can put you on the right track towards recovery. Let our Arkansas workers’ comp lawyers fight for you while you focus on healing from your injuries. To learn more about all of our services, schedule your free, confidential consultation today by calling (479) 316-0438.
Qualifying for Workers’ Comp After an Accident at RiceLand Foods in Arkansas
Workers who suffer an injury or develop an illness at RiceLand Foods in Arkansas can have the right to get the workers’ compensation system’s benefits. However, getting the compensation provided by the workers’ comp requires the petitioner to meet specific requirements. Many employees think an injury at work automatically qualifies for their benefits. However, before you can get any payment from the workman’s comp, you need to go through a qualifying process.
Participating in the benefits provided by workers’ comp requires you to carry workers’ compensation insurance with you. Generally, your employer is required by law to provide this insurance. Under Arkansas law, every employer with three or more employees has to offer this insurance. Additionally, it would be best if you were an “employee” for workers’ comp purposes. The reason behind this is not every worker can qualify for these specific benefits. For instance, business owners, volunteers, independent contractors, and federal employees don’t qualify for workman’s comp.
Your injury or illness must be strictly related to your work. This is a critical requirement in every workers’ comp claim. If you suffer an injury or develop a condition outside of the workplace, you may not be able to get compensation. To better understand this essential requirement, we will provide you with an example.
Imagine for a moment you are driving from your home to your work. Right before getting to your workplace, you were rear-ended and suffered a whiplash injury. In this scenario, you would not be able to get the benefits provided by workers’ comp. However, if you were on an official trip during working hours, workers’ comp would likely cover you. This is a requirement that allows no room for error. Finally, you will need to meet all the filing requirements set forth by the system.
Filing your Workers’ Compensation Claim After Your Accident at RiceLand Foods in Arkansas
You will need to meet specific requirements similar to your qualifying process when filing your workers’ compensation claim. First, you need to meet the notification requirement. Part of your workers’ comp process requires you to file a timely notification to your employer. This is probably the most important requirement to get compensation. Without a notification, you cannot start the claims process. Generally, you have up to thirty days to provide your employer with a written notification. Within your notification, you must include relevant information, such as your name, the date, place, and time, and a brief explanation of your injury. Failure to meet this essential requirement can lead to the dismissal of your claim.
Once you deliver your notification to your employer, he or she will give you your claim forms. This also a critical part of your process. You will need to provide all of the requested information accurately and completely. Keep in mind inaccurate and incomplete information can lead to the delay of your claim. Once you deliver the filled-out forms to your employer, he or she will send them to the Arkansas Workers’ Compensation Commission. The commission will be in charge of evaluating your petition. Many times, the commission will perform an independent investigation to determine whether they can grant or deny your claim. Typically, the workers’ comp commission will provide you with a decision within a reasonable period. If your claim is denied – which happens for most first-time claims – you can still file an appeal to have a second chance to fight for your benefits. Our Arkansas RiceLand Foods workers’ compensation attorneys can help you with these matters.
How Much Can I Expect for a RiceLand Foods Workers’ Compensation Claim in Arkansas?
As a petitioner, it is only natural to ask how much you can expect from your workers’ compensation claim. There is not a one-size-fits-all answer when it comes to this type of benefit. The Arkansas Workers’ Compensation Commission receives thousands of claims every year, and each case is different. The compensation you can expect from your claim will significantly depend upon your case’s particular circumstances. Depending on the extent of your injuries, you may be granted up to 66 2/3% of your average weekly wage.
It is essential to understand if the workers’ compensation system accepts your claim, you are able to get more than just wage-loss benefits. Generally, workers’ comp can provide medical assistance. You can get support for things such as your medical appointments, prescriptions, nursing services, and wheelchairs/crutches, among other things. Keep in mind; however, Arkansas workers’ compensation can provide coverage only for reasonable and necessary treatment. It is essential to remember you are subject to meet all of the requirements set forth by the system. For instance, if you wish to receive your benefits, you will need to go to every medical appointment and follow every given instruction. Otherwise, you may risk the suspension of your workers’ comp benefits.
Arkansas RiceLand Foods Workers’ Compensation Lawyer Offering Free Consultations
We can help if you or a loved one were hurt in an accident at RiceLand Foods in Arkansas. Ken Kieklak, Attorney at Law, knows the challenges associated with an injury at the workplace. That is why our Arkansas workers’ compensation attorneys fight aggressively to get the compensation you deserve for your injuries. We know all you want is to get back on your feet and return to your work. We can fight for you while you dedicate your time to healing from your injuries. Call our law offices today for your free, confidential consultation. Our phone number is (479) 316-0438.