The Maine Workers Compensation system is complex. Not all work injuries are straightforward. If you know, or even suspect, that you have been hurt at work, you must act to protect your rights. There are requirements of proper and prompt notice to the employer, appropriate medical treatment, including documentation of your injury, and important rules related to work search. Time periods are shorter than other types of injury cases. There are frequent miscalculations made in the level of benefits paid. It is very important that an experienced person review matters, such as third party actions, permanent impairment ratings, the relationship of the potential work injury to other work and non-work-related medical problems, independent contractor issues, fringe benefit issues, and special cases, such as prior injuries, employer discrimination, and stress-related claims.
For employers, an experienced workers compensation attorney is invaluable in assisting a business through an employee injury the process of handling the workers compensation claim and related business and employment issues. Linnell, Choate & Webber, LLP can also assist with compliance with overlapping employment laws that impact injured workers.