Experienced Delaware Workers’ Compensation Lawyers
Help when you suffer a work injury in and around Wilmington, Seaford and Newark
If you are a hardworking American who is living from paycheck-to-paycheck, you know that you may only one serious injury away from a financial disaster. When that injury or illness occurs at work, however, you may be able to claim workers’ compensation benefits. Workers’ compensation is a state program which helps you keep on top of your bills, pay your medical expenses, and ensure that your family is secure while you recover from your injury or illness.
The Delaware workers’ compensation lawyers of Silverman, McDonald & Friedman understand how anxious you might feel. We have been helping injured workers in Seaford, Newark, and Wilmington and throughout the state for decades. We know you have questions and concerns and we are here to help. If you work here in Delaware, we are the firm you can trust to protect you and to fight for you.
What are the major industries in Delaware?
The rest of the country knows Delaware for its chemical processing, and for companies like DuPont. The truth is chemical and pharmaceutical companies are not necessarily our largest employers. Our worker’s compensation lawyers often represent clients who work in:
- Retail environments
- Government (both state and federal)
Whether you work in a warehouse, an office, or in the great outdoors, we know what it takes to build a successful claim for benefits. We also represent families seeking death benefits after the loss of their loved ones. If you are covered under FELA or other federal claims acts, we can guide you through the process of seeking compensation for your injuries.
What are common workplace injuries and accidents?
The National Safety Council (NSC) lists the top three causes of work-related injuries as follows:
- Overexertion and bodily reaction. These include non-impact injuries like repetitive stress injuries or trauma from excessive physical effort like repeated lifting, pushing, carrying, or throwing. Overexertion is one of the number one workplace injuries.
- Slips, trips and falls. These types of accidents can include falling from heights or falls from the same level, as well as falling through a structure. Workers can also slip or trip on liquids, objects, and debris.
- Contact with objects and equipment. This includes falling or moving objects, caught-in between accidents, crushing injuries, or any type of physical trauma from being struck by equipment or material.
The NSC reports the common injuries resulting from these types of accidents are back injuries, muscle tears and sprains, and cuts and lacerations. However, this report only includes non-fatal injuries.
What are the workers’ compensation laws in Delaware?
All Delaware employers with at least one employee are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance to cover those employees in the event of a work-related accident or disease. If you get injured while at work, you must take a few immediate steps to ensure that your benefits application will be accepted:
- You must notify your employer immediately of your accident or occupational disease. Failure to give timely notice to your employer may mean that your workers’ compensation benefits claim will be denied.
- You must also notify your employer if your work injury or disease keeps you from working, in order to preserve your right to collect for your lost wages.
- You must see a doctor as soon as you can after the accident, and as regularly as needed. Delaware has a new law that allows out-of-state residents to see a doctor in their own home state, as long as that doctor A) is a licensed doctor, and B) is willing to work with the State’s payment plan.
Regardless of the kind of occupational illness or work-related injury you have sustained, our team is prepared to help. We will explain the laws to you in language that makes sense, and answer all of your questions as quickly as possible.
Can a Delaware workers’ compensation lawyer help my case?
Although you are entitled to compensation for work-related injuries, the company’s insurer may attempt to pay you less than you are entitled to or not pay you benefits at all. At Silverman, McDonald & Friedman, our experienced team of workers’ compensation attorneys can help make sure that you receive the full amount of benefits to which you are entitled, including payment for your medical expenses, lost income, and any permanent impairment you suffer because of the work-related injury. If you are about to lose your benefits or your workplace injury has left you with a permanent disability, we can help get the answers and the solutions you need to get on with your life.
In addition to a workers’ compensation settlement, you may also be able to recover from other third parties who may be responsible for your injury. Our Delaware workers’ compensation lawyers can guide you through that process to help you obtain additional damages if they apply in your case. We accept workers’ compensation cases on a contingency fee basis, so you do not pay any fees unless we are successful at obtaining benefits on your behalf. When you work with Silverman, McDonald & Friedman, you work with a team who knows you and understands your needs.
What are some good resources on Delaware work injuries?
We want you to have access to the information you need, so you can make informed decisions about your future. Here, you can access some helpful articles about the workers’ compensation process. If you still have questions, or need legal counsel, we hope you’ll contact us to schedule a consultation at one of our offices.
- Common Workers’ Compensation Acronyms
- Commutations and Permanencies
- Examples of Workplace Injuries
- Process for Receiving a Settlement
- Protecting Your Workers’ Compensation Rights
- Understanding Workers Compensation Law
- Use a Professional When Filing Claims
Do you have workers’ compensation lawyers near me in Delaware?
Our accident and injury attorneys serve clients throughout Delaware area, with offices in Seaford, Newark, and Wilmington.
Workers’ compensation attorneys fighting for the rights of injured workers in Delaware
The Delaware workers’ compensation lawyers of Silverman, McDonald & Friedman have experience helping our clients obtain the maximum amount of benefits available to them under the law. If you have suffered an injury or disease that makes it difficult for you to travel to our office, we will come to your home. You can reach us toll-free at 302-888-2900 or by filling out our contact form to make an appointment at one of our offices in Newark, Seaford or Wilmington.
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