The most common types of personal injury claims are road traffic accidents, accidents at work, tripping accidents, assault claims, accidents in the home, product defect accidents (product liability), medical and dental accidents, and industrial disease cases. When assessing these cases, we must determine liability and damages.
Liability: Depending upon the intent or negligence of a responsible party, the injured party may be entitled to monetary compensation from that party through a settlement or a judgment. We handle these cases on a "contingent fee basis" in which our fee is a percentage of the total recovery, payable when the case is resolved, with no payment necessary if the case is unsuccessful.
Damages: These are categorized as either special or general. Special damages are measurable costs which can be itemized, such as medical expenses, lost earnings, and property damages. General damages include less measurable costs such as pain and suffering, loss of consortium, and emotional distress. The amount of recovery will primarily depend on the severity of the injury. Serious injuries (such as broken bones, severed limbs, and brain damage) that cause intense physical pain and suffering can receive higher settlements. In addition to recovery for the injury, the injured person may be compensated for the lifetime effect of the injuries.
The Statute of Limitations in most personal injury cases is two years from the date the injury or accident occurred. Make sure you consult with an attorney before it is too late.
Workers' compensation is a form of no-fault insurance providing wage replacement and medical benefits to employees injured in the course of employment. Nearly every Idahoan is protected by workers' compensation insurance, as state law requires most employers to have workers' compensation insurance. If your employer is required to carry workers' compensation insurance, you are covered from your first day of work and normally every minute you are on the job. If injured on the job, you must give your employer notice immediately and file your injury report. All the forms to file a claim are available online at, http://iic.idaho.gov/. There are strict filing requirements in WC claims, so give us a call to assist you in this matter.
If you are not sure whether your employer has workers' compensation insurance, ask your supervisor or visit the Employers' Workers' Compensation Insurance Coverage Verification service, https://www.ewccv.com/cvs/.
If your employer does not have workers' compensation insurance and you believe that you should receive workers' compensation benefits, you may contact an Idaho Industrial Commission Compensation Consultant.
The Idaho Industrial Commission is the state agency that administers Idaho workers' compensation law. When formal hearings are held on disputed workers' compensation claims, the Industrial Commission makes findings of fact and reaches legal conclusions, then issues a decision containing its findings of fact and conclusions of law.
As an injured worker, you have a variety of benefits that may be available to you, including medical benefits, temporary disability benefits, permanent disability benefits, rehabilitation services, and/or death benefits.
Workers' compensation can be complex, difficult to navigate, and frustrating, so let us assist you through the system so that you can focus on your recovery.