Workers’ Compensation: Your Right To Benefits
Missed work means lost wages. If a work-related accident has taken you off the job, you are probably struggling to make ends meet. In Maine, injured workers are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. However, obtaining these benefits — for the length of time you need to recover from your injury — can be challenging.
At Cloutier, Conley & Duffett PA, we have been advocating for injured workers throughout southern Maine for more than 35 years. We know how the workers’ compensation system works and how to maximize our clients’ benefits. We often take on the hard cases other firms shy away from, and achieve great results.
If you need help with the initial application process, have had your benefits denied or reduced or you have been offered a settlement by the insurance company, contact our firm. No matter what stage your claim is in, we can help.
We will help you get the benefits you need to obtain medical treatment, pay your bills and support your family.
What Am I Entitled To?
This is often the first question people ask when they come to our office. Many people know they are entitled to wage benefits and medical benefits, but are unclear on the details.
Workers’ comp provides three primary benefits:
- Wage benefits — In general, you are entitled to two-thirds of your average weekly wages.
- Medical benefits — Your medical care is covered; this includes the cost of doctor’s appointments, prescriptions, and any necessary surgery or physical therapy
- Permanency award — If you are left with a permanent injury, you may be entitled to additional compensation for that loss.
However, the process involved to obtain these benefits can be challenging. Many people have their initial claims denied outright, or have their benefits cut off before they are fully healed. Our attorneys will make sure you get the benefits you are entitled to for as long as it takes to heal from your injuries.
Do Not Wait. Contact Us Today.
If you’ve been injured at work, you need to act fast. You only have 30 days to notify your employer about your injury. There are other important deadlines you have to meet, or you will risk losing your right to benefits.