The Utah Workers Compensation system makes claim filing easy for injured workers, who can leave the paperwork to other parties after notifying their employers of an injury. Since issues related to liability typically do not come into play, the process tends to be relatively straightforward. However, an experienced workers compensation lawyer in Salt Lake City becomes a valuable asset if the insurance company unfairly denies your claim — or if you pursue additional compensation from a third party whose negligence caused your injuries.
Workers compensation typically provides benefits, even if your own negligence contributed to your accidental workplace injury. As explained in The Employee’s Guide to Workers’ Compensation published by the Utah Labor Commission, the insurer can deny a claim for intentional self-inflicted injuries. They can deny or reduce claims for injuries from substance abuse or even willful failure to use safety devices or follow safety rules. If you believe an insurer unfairly denied or reduced your claim, the Guide recommends first talking to the claim adjustor before going through the dispute process. Before initiating a dispute, it makes sense to talk with a workers compensation lawyer to seek advice or full legal assistance.
While you cannot pursue a personal injury lawsuit against your employer or co-workers, no such limitations exist when your injuries were caused by third-party negligence. For example, if you suffer an electrocution injury because an outside electrical contractor left live wires exposed in your workplace, a Salt Lake City workers compensation attorney may recommend filing a personal injury claim or lawsuit against the contractor.
The workers compensation attorneys at Larsen, Larsen, Nash & Larsen are prepared to help you obtain the full benefits to which you are entitled for your occupational injury. We also have the personal injury law experience to help you take your claim to the next level when appropriate. We offer free consultations to individuals throughout northern Utah. Contact us to learn how we can help.