When things go the way they are supposed to: you report your injury to your Employer. Your Employer reports the injury to his insurance company and the Alaska Workers Compensation Board. The insurance company adjuster contacts you with a claim number to give to your medical providers. You send your doctor’s work releases to the insurance company and the insurance company sends you temporary total disability as long as you are off work. You get the medical treatment you need and go back to work.
When things don’t go right. The first problem I’ve seen, time and again, is the Employer refuses to report the injury to his insurance company and the Alaska Workers Compensation Board. If that happens, contact an attorney immediately. You will need an attorney to obtain the benefits to which you are entitled.
What kind of benefits are you entitled to? Reasonable and necessary medical treatment for your work-related injury, for as long as you need it. That could mean the rest of your life. You are entitled to be compensated for time lost from work, whether you’re off full time or part time. You are entitled to a PPI rating if you’re injury is permanent. You may be entitled to retraining. You are entitled to be compensated for your travel for treatment, even if it is few miles. Gas is expensive.
For more information, check out FAQ page: http://www.keenanpowell.com/faq-wc.html. With more than 30 years of experience representing injured Alaskans, Keenan Powell is currently accepting workers compensation cases.For a free consultation, call the Law Office of Keenan Powell: 907 258 7663.