Do a job long enough, and sooner or later you could get injured if that job is physically demanding or risky. It doesn’t matter how skilled you are, or how much experience you have — accidents can happen, tools can slip, a back can give out.
The law recognizes that hard work takes a toll on the body. Workers’ comp laws are designed to protect you from financial hardship after an injury occurs during the course of your employment, and benefits are payable regardless of fault. Employers in South Dakota and Iowa often try to avoid their workers’ comp responsibilities so an experienced attorney can be an invaluable resource in securing the benefits you deserve.
Why People Avoid Filling
A lot of seriously injured workers don’t want to bring workers’ compensation claims because they like their job. They are afraid of how it looks to their co-workers to bring a claim. They are afraid of losing their job if they bring a claim. Many times they just don’t file a claim. It takes the third or fourth injury on the job to really do them in.
We’re here to help you receive the benefits that your employer paid for from the workers’ compensation insurance company. Your employer pays for workers’ compensation insurance for a reason — to cover injuries that are caused on the job. They should want you to file. They should help you file the first report of injury. You don’t have to be afraid to file a workers’ compensation claim. We will help you receive your benefits while continuing to work for your employer.
Time Is Of The Essence
In South Dakota, you have just three business days to give your employer written notice of your work-related injury. If you fail to act quickly, you risk losing access to workers’ compensation benefits entirely.
The laws are different in Iowa, where workers have 90 days to submit a workers’ comp claim. But that doesn’t mean you should wait until the last minute. The sooner you take action, the better — don’t throw away the benefits to which you’re entitled just because the person you need to talk with at work is out sick on day 90.
A workers’ compensation lawyer like David J. King will help ensure that all the paperwork gets to the right place on schedule.
Securing Full Benefits
We listen to our clients to hear the full story behind their injuries, which include:
- Shoulder injuries
- Back injuries
- Elbow injuries
- Neck injuries
- Knee injuries
- Warehouse accidents
- Construction accidents
- Work-related traffic accidents
- Maintenance-related accidents
- Injuries sustained during manual labor
Tell Us About Your Injury
The sooner you hire a workers’ compensation attorney, the more likely you are to receive your full benefits. To schedule a free consultation with King Law Firm, P.C., in Sioux Falls, contact us at 605-332-4000.