Unlike other states, South Dakota does not mandate that businesses carry workers’ compensation insurance. This leaves businesses open to civil liability for work-related injuries or illnesses occurring to their employees. For this reason, the state recommends that South Dakota business owners carry workers’ comp to protect themselves from liability while allowing their employees to receive the benefits available under the insurance program.
If you have suffered a work injury or illness, you deserve to get compensated for your losses. Strict deadlines apply for bringing claims. At Zephier & LaFleur, we have experienced attorneys who can analyze your injury case. We can determine if you are entitled to pursue a claim against a third party as well as the workers’ compensation benefits available through your employer.
Connect with Zephier & LaFleur via online message or by phone at (605) 349-1993 to book your free initial consultation with a Rapid City workers’ compensation attorney.
Workers' compensation generally covers the following:
- Injuries occurring while on the job. Examples include injuries from falling off a ladder, tripping over an extension cord, or from debris/objects falling on you in a warehouse.
- Repetitive stress injuries. Examples include carpal tunnel syndrome or chronic back pain from repetitive motions such as typing or lifting.
- Work-related illnesses. Examples include illnesses caused by toxic chemical exposure or mesothelioma caused by asbestos in the work environment.
You are not required under law to hire an attorney in filing your workers’ comp claim. However, rules and deadlines apply. Furthermore, any time you are dealing with insurance companies, delays and denials can occur. Ensure that your claim is not turned down due to errors in the application process or a lack of knowledge or understanding of the rules.
Medical. These benefits pay for the expenses related to treatment for your injury or illness.
- Temporary disability. These benefits provide up to 70 percent of your monthly pay up to $1,200 a week.
- Permanent disability. These include permanent partial disability benefits and permanent total disability benefits. Varying rates of compensation may apply depending on your case. These can include two-thirds of your weekly wage or maximums and minimums of compensation per week.
- Rehabilitation and retraining. These benefits kick in if you qualify under five criteria, such as if you are unable to return to your usual line of work.
- Death benefits. These apply to spouses, children, parents, and other relatives where an employee has died as a result of a workplace injury. This can include payment to the spouse at the rate of 2/3 of the decedent’s average weekly wage.
Why Choose Zephier & LaFleur, P.C. for Your Workers' Compensation Claim?
When it comes to handling your workers' compensation claim, it's important to choose a law firm with experience and expertise in this specialized area of law. At Zephier & LaFleur, P.C., we have a dedicated team of Rapid City workers' compensation lawyers who are committed to helping injured workers receive the benefits they deserve.
Here are a few reasons why you should choose us:
- Extensive Knowledge and Experience: Our attorneys have years of experience handling workers' compensation cases and are well-versed in the laws and regulations governing these claims. We understand the complexities involved and can navigate the legal process on your behalf.
- Personalized Attention: We believe in providing personalized attention to each client. When you choose us, you can expect individualized support and guidance throughout the entire claims process. We will listen to your concerns, answer your questions, and keep you informed every step of the way.
- Aggressive Representation: We are committed to fighting for your rights and ensuring that you receive the maximum benefits available under the law. Our attorneys will vigorously advocate for you, negotiating with insurance companies and, if necessary, representing you in court to secure a fair settlement or verdict.
- Compassionate Approach: We understand that dealing with a work-related injury can be overwhelming and stressful. Our team is here to provide compassionate support during this difficult time. We will handle the legal aspects of your claim so that you can focus on your recovery.
- Proven Track Record: Over the years, we have successfully helped numerous clients obtain the workers' compensation benefits they deserve. Our track record of success speaks to our dedication and commitment to achieving favorable outcomes for our clients.
Don't navigate the workers' compensation process alone. Contact Zephier & LaFleur, P.C. today to schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced Rapid City workers' compensation lawyers. We will review your case, explain your rights, and guide you through the claims process. Let us fight for the benefits you deserve.
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