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 does not apply when you are injured on the job, or if you are injured while you are working. In these instances, Worker’s Compensation or Workmen’s Compensation applies. Worker’s 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 Worker’s Compensation is that it is a no-fault system. The Worker’s Compensation system was originally developed as a bargain between employers and employees. When 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 do not have to prove that someone else is at fault to be eligible for Worker’s 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 is important that they consult with an experienced Worker’s Compensation attorney. At Turbak Law Office, P.C. we have attorneys experienced with handling Worker’s Compensation claims and dealing with Worker’s Compensation carriers. We would be happy to give you a free consult regarding your work related injury and if there is anything that we can do for you we will work on your behalf to get you the compensation that you are owed.

In Worker’s 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, Worker’s Compensation claims are handled on a contingency fee basis. This means that we do not get paid until you get paid, and if we are not able to get you compensation you are usually not responsible for our services. This all depends on our particular claim and can be explained in detail by our Worker’s Compensation lawyers.

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 suffered 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.

Total Disability

Permanent total disability benefits are available to you if you sustained a serious permanent injury while at work. If you are 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.