Kirven Law, LLC is familiar with the process of Workers’ Compensation claims from start to finish to appealing the Office of Administrative Hearings or Medical Commission’s decision regarding benefits, if necessary. Throughout our years of providing this service to clients, we have gained the experience and expertise necessary to make this process as seamless as possible.
There are some common myths about Workers’ Compensation cases in Wyoming that you should be aware of. Here are a few:
- You don’t have to report your injury. You have 72 hours to report your injury to your employer. If you do not, you could lose your ability to get compensation.
- You don’t tell your doctor everything. You should report every aspect of your injury to your employer and your doctor. There may be things you do not think are important now, but could have long term effects and need to be documented.
- You can’t say not to treatment or surgery. You have the right to say no, get a second opinion, and decline surgery without threatening your claim.
Contested Case Hearings
If you claim for Workers’ Compensation Benefits is denied you have the right to contest the case with a hearing. In this hearing, it is important to have a skilled Wyoming workers’ compensation attorney to argue your case and ensure that you receive the benefits that you deserve. We advise everyone with a Workers’ Compensation claim to meet with an attorney before the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services makes a determination about your claim. By reviewing your claim with an experienced compensation attorney, you can get an idea of how similar claims have been compensated and the chances that your claim will be approved. A skilled Wyoming workers’ compensation attorney will be able to help you get an independent evaluation of your permanent or partial disability. This can help to inform the severity of your claim and the possibility of compensation. It is important that you know the full severity of your injuries before accepting any settlement. You may have lifelong medical needs that need to be accounted for in any settlement. Chronic medical needs can become extremely expensive over time. you do not want to agree to a settlement only to regret it years later when you are in pain, can not afford treatment, and are unable to get a job because of your disability.
District Court & Supreme Court Appeals
If the hearing examiner does not rule in your favor during your appeal you have the right to appeal the decision to the Wyoming District Court. There are many complicated procedural rules when it comes to bringing an appeal in civil court. As a result, you need to speak with an experienced Wyoming workers’ compensation attorney right away. During your case, we will fight hard to make sure that your disability is compensated.