Injured on the job?
If you’re hurt while on the job, you have a right to compensation for your injuries. Under South Dakota law, typical insurance coverage doesn’t apply when you’re injured on the job or if you’re injured while working. In these instances, workers’ compensation applies. Workers’ compensation is complex and almost entirely controlled by South Dakota law.
It’s important as an injured worker that you know your rights. On of the most important things to know about workers’ compensation is that it is a no-fault system. When workers’ compensation it was first developed, it promised fast payment at a reduced rate in exchange for doing away with the normal fault and liability route. As an injured worker, you don’t have to prove that someone else is at fault to be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. Unfortunately, over the years, large companies and employers have chipped away at the system. Through lobbying in South Dakota, they have instituted complex procedural requirements, timelines, and deadlines that must be complied with to receive compensation. All of which have made it more difficult for injured employees to get the compensation they are owed.
Even so, people injured at work are entitled to benefits like payments of medical expenses, pharmaceutical expenses, a portion of their weekly wages, total temporary disability benefits, total permanent disability benefits, partial permanent benefits, and other benefits allowed by South Dakota state law.
If you or someone you know is injured at work, it’s important that they consult with an experienced workers’ compensation attorney. At Turbak Law Office, P.C., we have attorneys experienced in handling claims and dealing with workers’ compensation carriers. We’d be happy to give you a free consultation regarding your work-related injury.
In workers’ compensation claims, our fees are determined by law. Depending on the services we provide you and whether or not we have to petition for your benefits or go to a hearing on your benefits determines the percentage of our fee. Like most of our cases, workers’ compensation claims are handled on a contingency fee basis. This means that we don’t get paid until you get paid. And if we’re unable to get you compensation, you’re usually not responsible for our services. This all depends on our particular claim and can be explained in detail by our workers’ compensation lawyers.
Permanent Partial Disability
Under workers’ compensation laws in South Dakota, you can seek permanent partial disability benefits if you were injured at work and unable to perform your duties at your full capacity. You can seek disability benefits if you suffer from hearing loss, vision loss, nerve damage, or other injuries that reduce (but not remove) your ability to work for the rest of your life.
Permanent Total Disability
Permanent total disability benefits are available to you if you sustained a serious permanent injury while at work. If you’re no longer able to work and medical treatment will not reverse your condition, South Dakota workers’ compensation law provides you with a lifetime pension. Talk to one of our workers’ compensation lawyers for more information.