Under the Alaska Workers' Compensation Act, injured workers are entitled to compensation by their employer/carrier for medical costs and disability benefits. If you have permanent limitations or loss of earning capacity, the law gives additional rights and benefits.
Workers' compensation in Alaska has changed since father "Doc" (Ernst Z. )Rehbock founded our firm in 1970. Already respectively an Alaskan with law degrees from three nations when Alaska became a State in 1959 and son learning and gaining an understanding of what an attorney can do to help. Living with workers compensation law I have been watching it grow more complex. It has in my view changed in numerous details tilting to employers and compensation insurers against labor. It has become increasingly sophisticated in strategy and tactic. The defense gains and can take advantage over un-represented employees.
Workers Compensation is for life as long as the work is the legal cause of disability or loss of earning capacity. On the job when injured or exposed you need to report the injury or illness. You even may be uncertain and meet with mixed signals. If you fear resistance from employer and especially when you have other coverage for medical and disability including Medicaid, Medicare, or employer health coverage, you may well be un-informed, mis-informed or confused. The employer, your doctor, the insurer and you follow compensation ruled different than private health and disability insurance. Businesses under Alaska Title 23 the Alaska Workers Compensation law "shall furnish medical, surgical, and other attendance or treatment, nurse, and hospital services, medicine ... and medical apparatus".
Southcentral, Mat Valley and Kenai Peninsula Work Injury Attorneys
Under the Alaska Workers' Compensation Act, injured workers are entitled to compensation by their employer/carrier for medical costs and disability benefits. If you have permanent limitations or loss of earning capacity, the law gives additional rights and benefits. As example, our clients obtained benefits including assisted living care for their senior years, proper contractor provided rebuilds and changes to allow the mobility impaired to still enjoy and preserve the aesthetics of their home. Bathrooms, ramps, stair lifts or other modifications, or modern prosthetics or adaptive devices. Compensation for injuries that prevent you from returning to full time regular gainful employment permanently either by taking away the physical capacity, or making less competitive with uninjured and more able bodied, or due persistent pain that interferes with return to work or your life otherwise, can qualify you for a partial disability or impairement award, ongoing permanent disability compensation and provides valuable free medical care for life.
These benefits are in addition to and in most parts separate from re-employment, also known as .041k benefits. The choice whether or not to seek and whether or not to accept a retraining benefit or to seek permanent disability; Whether a partial impairment award is sufficient, whether or not to agree to close for a lump sum settlement are all very important. The law allows for almost all workers compensation matters to be closed in part or whole by settlements or agreements. The law and regulations almost always allow the injured worker to obtain our legal advice and if needed our representation without any risk, cost or obligation.
Defending The Rights Of Workers With Every Kind Of Workplace Injury
That's when you need to call Rehbock & Wilson. Our firm has a very simple mission — to fight for your rights as an injured worker or to fight for proper compensation for surviving family members.
Rehbock & Wilson offers the depth of our experience, our understanding of Alaska workers' comp law and our insistence on always representing the "little guy" in our practice.
The best thing about having a law firm like Rehbock & Wilson represent you is that you never pay us a penny. When we obtain a positive result we demand that the insurer or the employer must pay our fees by board order in addition to, and not out of, your compensation and benefits. All that experience, and all that legal knowledge — at no risk to you!
Injured on the job and refused workers' compensation? Call the Anchorage workers' comp attorney who will fight for you: Robert Rehbock at 800-477-8574.