When you get injured on the job in Kentucky or Indiana, covering the costs of your injury usually involves filing a claim for workers’ compensation benefits. Both of these states have workers’ compensation laws that apply to the vast majority of employers and employees. If you don’t qualify for benefits under your state’s workers’ compensation law, then you may be eligible for benefits under a federal workers’ compensation program.
While most people have a general idea of what it means to file for workers’ compensation, there are actually several different types of workers’ compensation claims. If you need to seek benefits, you need to make sure you know which claim (or claims) to file.
The experienced workers’ compensation lawyers at the Karl Truman Law Office have been fighting on behalf of injured workers in Kentucky and Indiana for many years. We are committed to helping our clients obtain the full benefits they need and deserve to move forward.
Types of workers’ compensation claims vary under state and federal law. Under Kentucky’s and Indiana’s workers’ compensation laws, the primary types of claims are:
If you qualify for workers’ compensation benefits under federal law, the type of claim (or types of claims) you need to file will depend on the specific law that protects you. For example, the Jones Act is a federal law that provides access to benefits for workers who qualify as “seamen”. Under the Jones Act, potential claims include:
There are other possibilities under other federal laws as well. For example, the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA), Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act (EEOICPA), Black Lung Benefits Act (BLBA), and Federal Employees’ Compensation Act (FECA) all provide different types of workers’ compensation benefits to qualifying employees.
Given that there are so many options, how do you make sure you file the right workers’ compensation claim? Ultimately, regardless of the benefits you are entitled to receive, the best way to protect your legal rights is to consult with an experienced workers’ compensation attorney. An experienced attorney will be able to file all available claims on your behalf and fight to make sure you receive the full benefits you deserve.
If you were injured on the job in Kentucky or Indiana, contact the Karl Truman Law Office today for a free, no-obligation consultation with an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer. Call our office in Louisville, Kentucky, at (502) 222-2222 or in Jeffersonville, Indiana, at (812) 282-8500.