Workers’ Compensation Lawyers
Committed to Representing Injured Workers Throughout Utah
No matter if you work in an office, a coffee shop, or a construction site, it’s always possible to sustain on-the-job injuries, which can impact your potential to work and operate as you normally would. Luckily, most Utah employers are required to provide workers’ compensation insurance to their employees, allowing them to file for medical and disability benefits without the need to prove employer fault.
Navigating a workers’ comp claim isn’t always easy, however, and you may find yourself in need of an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer. When you work with Pearson Butler, you can trust that our dedicated team will apply decades of experience to your claim – and give you the compassionate and thoughtful advocacy that you need to seek fair coverage.
Give us a call at (801) 509-5573 to schedule a free consultation with our workers’ compensation attorney in Bountiful!
Am I Eligible for Workers’ Compensation in Utah?
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), there are more than 4,500 work-related deaths every year, along with hundreds of thousands of workplace injuries. From repetitive stress injuries (RSIs) to industrial accidents, workplace injuries can have lasting consequences for your health and finances, leaving you to face mounting medical bills while missing vital income from your job. For this reason, very few employers in the state of Utah are allowed to forego workers’ compensation insurance, whether you work for a private company or a government agency.
If you suffered an injury under any of the following conditions, you could be eligible for workers’ comp benefits:
- You were injured in your office building or workplace
- You were injured while participating in an activity that benefitted your employer
- You were injured in a car, truck, or construction accident while traveling for work purposes
- You were injured while working remotely for your employer
In some cases, your employer may try to claim that you were “at fault” for your injuries and therefore ineligible for workers’ compensation. However, workers’ compensation doesn’t require you to show or disprove fault: As long as you could reasonably be considered “on the clock” and you did not intentionally try to harm yourself or others, you will likely be entitled to benefits.
What Will Workers’ Compensation Cover?
Workers’ compensation should account for all expenses that are directly related to your work injury. If your claim is successful, you should receive two-thirds of your regular wages during your recovery time, as well as compensation to cover medical expenses and any long-term disabilities that result from your accident.
If you believe that you have a workers’ compensation claim, it’s important to act quickly, as you only have 180 days from the date of your injury (or the date of diagnosis) to file. Even when you do have a legitimate claim, you may sometimes face challenges and opposition when dealing with the workers’ compensation insurer, especially if any of the details in your initial claim are found to be inaccurate.
Although you can technically represent yourself during this process, it’s a good idea to hire an attorney to review your claim and serve as your counsel throughout the negotiation and dispute resolution process. Aside from allowing you more time to focus on your recovery, hiring legal representation can be a good way to maximize your odds of success and find peace of mind.
Contact Pearson Butler today if you have a workers’ compensation case in Bountiful or anywhere in Utah. We’re ready to help!