Workers’ Compensation Defense
At Kopka Pinkus Dolin, we maintain a dedicated group of attorneys specializing in workers’ compensation defense matters. Our specialized team includes former workers’ compensation ombudsmen, judges, and law enforcement officers, as well as current arbitrators for workers’ compensation matters. Our team has 100+ years of combined experience in these matters, which we put toward the representation and resolution of your case.
We represent corporations, insurance companies, third-party administrators, municipalities and government agencies throughout the Midwest on their workers’ compensation cases. Our firm works seamlessly with claim representatives and companies on time-sensitive cases and is capable of providing quality advice and representation at every stage, from pre-litigation to appellate work.
Well-versed in workers’ compensation regulations and defenses, our lawyers are happy to provide complimentary seminars and webinars on various aspects of workers’ compensation claims, from risk management to state-specific law updates.
Some of the many types of cases our firm regularly deals with involve issues such as the following:
- Appellate Issues
- Permanent Total Claims
- Provider Fee Claims and Lien Negotiations
- Subrogation Lien Recovery
- Medicare Set-Asides
- COVID-19 Workplace Exposure
Our attorneys routinely handle the most complex workers’ compensation claims, including: complex regional pain syndrome, heart attack, stress-related claims, hearing loss, psychological claims, occupational disease, permanent total disability, multiple amputations, and death claims. Our firm is well-respected and widely known for understanding complex medical and legal issues and providing quality representation for successful results.
The Importance of Workers’ Compensation Defense
Employers are required by law to carry worker’s compensation insurance, and that insurance will pay for an injured worker’s medical bills, wage replacement, or disability. The existence of a workers’ compensation scheme in most states by law prevents workers from suing their employers after a work accident, but employers should never ignore workers’ compensation claims. Filed claims can hike up the employer’s premiums considerably and impact the company’s profitability and bottom line.
Studies show that while workers’ comp fraud is fairly low, malingering is quite high. After a comprehensive investigation, our team may find:
- The injury was not work-related
- The injury was not severe
- The employee was intoxicated or otherwise ineligible to file a claim
- No medical treatment was needed
- No time off work was required
- The employee failed to report the accident as required
- The accident report was suspiciously delayed or otherwise suspicious
- The doctor’s report is suspect