We're excited to announce that Mitchell H. Dugan of Dugan & Associates has been listed in the 25th edition of Best Lawyers in America. Attorneys from 145 different practice areas across the country were recognized by their peers in the legal industry for their professional excellence. For the 2019 edition, over 7.8 million votes were analyzed for 60,000 nominations.
Suffer a Work Injury? You'd think if you got hurt at work your employer and their insurance company would want you to get treated as quickly as possible so you can get better and can come back to work. They'd pay for your time off and pay for your medical treatment. Some times it happens that way and some times it doesn't. And if they do pay you they are always checking on how you are doing in hopes the workers' compensation insurance carrier can cut their losses and get you off workers compensation. Whether you suffered a work related injury and aren't getting paid or you suffered a work injury and are getting paid here are some basic terms and rules to know.
Get Hurt at Work and suffer a Work Injury and you think you're supposed to get Workers' Compensation. Rarely anymore does it feel like things go like they should. That's where attorney Mitch Dugan and his team of staff and attorneys at Dugan & Associates come in. There are two basic scenarios to keep in mind with a Work Injury that we see frequently. 1. Get hurt work and they won't pay or 2. Get hurt at work and you get paid for a time and now they don't want to pay. At our office there is No fee unless you get the money or benefits you deserve.
Getting Workers' Compensation payments for an injured worker is supposed to be easy. In theory you can apply without a lawyer (*lawyer and attorney are the same term for someone who has gone to law school, passed the bar exam and is practicing law) and succeed in your claim. But in reality workers' compensation is like any government program, complicated, red tape, rules, multiple forms, and not very clear.
If you suffered a work injury and were hurt on the job you are entitled to workers' compensation benefits. Generally, workers compensation pays a portion of your lost wages due to your work injury and medical expenses for reasonable and necessary treatment for your work injury. But sometimes your benefits may be at risk in situations where you feel you are being forced back to work.
Workers' Compensation and IRE's. Contact Dugan & Associates. An IRE is short for Impairment Rating Evaluation. They are different than IME's. IME's are Independent or Insurance Medical Evaluations or Exams.
Work Injury, work injury reasons to hire a lawyer. At Dugan & Associates we've handled thousands of work injury cases. We get results. Here are just a few reasons to contact a workers' compensation lawyer:
Work Injury, Personal Injury and how much attorney Fee. Have you heard the phrase 'no fee unless we get money for you'. Or heard people talking they only paid their lawyer 20% or have you seen commercials on t.v. that this attorney charges 40% attorney fee and that another attorney fee charges a third and yet another charges 25%, or that 'legal expenses may apply'. What does it all mean? What are attorneys fees and what are costs or legal expenses.
Recent Workers' Compensation Case on Social Security offsets. Have you suffered a work injury? Injured due to a work accident? We handle Workers' Compensation and Social Security Cases and we work hard to maximize your recovery under the law and keep updated on recent precedent cases. In a recent Commonwealth court case decided April 10, it was ruled that an employee who suffered a work injury after he became eligible to receive Social Security Benefits is entitled to receive both his full workers compensation payments and Social Security benefits and denied the employer and it's work comp insurance company any offset.
Work Injury history. This week marks 104 years since the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire, a tragedy that changed our country forever. On that horrible day, dangerous workplace conditions started a fire at a garment factory in Manhattan's Greenwich Village. Within 20 minutes, 146 people were dead-almost all of them young immigrant women. America reacted with outrage. The backlash to this incident became a turning point in the history of work injury legislation and the US and global labor movements. In the ensuing decades, key labor and workplace safety laws that we now think of as obvious were first put into place. Workers' compensation laws were put on the books. The American people resolved that those young women did not die in vain.