Terrazas Henkel, P.C.

You Were Injured at Work. Now What?

When someone is injured at work, it can feel as though there are a thousand questions that suddenly need answers.

First and foremost, most people tend to worry about how they'll pay their rent or mortgage, feed their families, and continue paying for their primary living expenses. If they can't work, where will the money come from?

Many people in Montana live paycheck to paycheck, and missing work due to an injury just isn't something they can afford. That's where workers' compensation comes in.

There's a general awareness in society about workers' compensation laws, but those regulations are specific to each state. At its most basic level, workers' compensation is a form of insurance to provide wage replacement and medical benefits for workers who are injured at work.

Here in Montana, workers' compensation cases are on the rise. According to the Workers' Compensation Court in Helena, there were 288 workers' compensation petitions received in 2018, up from 243 in 2017 and 208 in 2016.

    But it can seem like an overwhelming process from the start. People, especially in Montana, can be wary of lawyers, and sometimes bosses get away with telling their workers that filing a claim will be detrimental to the overall business or potentially lead to problems at work.
    At Terrazas Henkel P.C., we want to help put your mind at ease. We know that even the most conscientious and skilled workers can be injured on the job, and how it can affect their lives.
    Here are a few questions that our firm will ask of you when you call regarding a potential
    workers' compensation claim:
    • Has a claim already been filed? In Montana, there's a 30-day window to file most claims.
    • What happened, and when did it happen?
    • Are you getting paid wage-loss benefits?
    • Are they authorizing and paying for medical treatment to address injuries?
    • What does your doctor say about treatment and timelines?
    One common question we can answer immediately is, "When is the right time to call?" The sooner you make the call, the sooner you can get answers to a problem that can feel overwhelming and unsolvable.
    The attorneys at Terrazas Henkel P.C. are ready to answer any other questions you might have about your specific situation, and we invite you to give us a call at 406-541-2550.

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    Terrazas Henkel, P.C.
    1923 South Higgins Avenue
    PO Box 9077
    Missoula, MT 59807

    Phone: 406-541-2550
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