- When should I call an attorney?
- How do I choose the best lawyer for my situation?
- What will it cost to hire an attorney to help me in an injury case?
- What is a personal injury case?
- What is a workers' compensation case?
- What if my employer refuses to report that I have been injured or threatens me if I turn in the claim?
- What is the Idaho Industrial Commission?
- What is a Statute of Limitation?
- What is a TORT?
- Now that I have been hurt on the job, what payments can I expect?
- The insurance company wants to tape record a statement from me and they want me to sign papers. Should I cooperate?
When should I call an attorney?
If you have suffered an injury caused by another OR suffered an injury at work then you should an attorney at our office. There will be no costs for you. Not consulting with an attorney could cost you a loss of money and your rights as an injured individual or employee.
How do I choose the best lawyer for my situation?
You need to choose a lawyer based on experience, results, reputation, and commitment to you. Skaug Law has served the legal needs of injured individuals for over 30 years in the Boise, Nampa, and the Treasure Valley. Our practice focuses on personal injury, workers' compensation and wrongful death. Ask any one of our clients whom they would hire, we are very confident you will hear "Skaug Law". We have recovered millions of dollars for our clients in settlements and verdicts. Member: Idaho Trial Lawyers Association, Association for Justice, Better Business Bureau. Attorneys licensed in Idaho, Oregon, and other states.
What will it cost to hire an attorney to help me in an injury case?
In most personal injury cases that Skaug Law handles, 30% of recovered funds for the client is the fee. In the event nothing is recovered, there is no fee owed to the attorney. For workers' compensation cases, the usual attorney fee is 25% of the recovery of disputed benefits.
What is a personal injury case?
A personal injury case is filed when a person or persons cause injuries to another through negligence, recklessness or intentional. If you have been injured by another person or persons, you have a right to get money for your medical bills, wage loss and mental distress caused by that person's actions. The injured person must prove that the defendant was negligent or at fault. It is in your best interest to contact a lawyer if you have been injured by anothers actions. Car wrecks, slip and fall accidents, toxic exposure, accidental death, dog bites, child abuse and battery are just a few examples of personal injury acts.
What is a workers' compensation case?
This type of case occurs when an employee is injured while working for an employer. The injured employee is entitled to benefits under the workers' compensation laws, including, but not limited to payment of all medical bills, wage loss, transportation to medical care, retraining, impairment benefits and disability benefits. Employers are required by state law to carry workers' compensation insurance to pay for these benefits should one of their workers get injured on the job.
What if my employer refuses to report that I have been injured or threatens me if I turn in the claim?
Contact the experienced attorney at Skaug Law so we can help explain what rights you have.
What is the Idaho Industrial Commission?
The Idaho Industrial Commission acts as a type of courthouse for injured workers. All work injuries must be reported by the employers to the Industrial Commission. If you would like more information about the Industrial Commission, you can visit their website at www.iic.idaho.gov or contact them at (208) 334-6000 or (800) 950-2110.
What is a Statute of Limitation?
A statute of limitation is an established time period in which a lawsuit must be filed. If a lawsuit is not filed within that designated time, the right to file a lawsuit is gone. For personal injury lawsuits, the statute of limitations is generally two years. It is in your best interest to consult with an attorney to protect your legal rights. If a government entity is the Defendant in a case, a Tort Claim must be filed, generally within 180 days of the date of the accident. If the Tort Claim is not filed, you may lose your right to sue for recovery. (Extended times for filing usually apply to minor children.)
What is a TORT?
A tort is a civil wrong that results in damages or injuries. Usually, when suing a governmental entity, like the city or state, you must file a tort claim within 180 days of the accident/injury. Call Skaug Law for details. 208-615-4027, 800-551-4948.
Now that I have been hurt on the job, what payments can I expect?
- Medical treatment: "to cure and relieve" from the effects of your injury.
- Temporary Disability checks - if the doctor takes you off work or puts you on light duty and you cannot work, a check for 2/3 of your gross wages should be paid to you every two weeks. If you are a high wage earner, the checks may be less than 2/3 due to a legal limit.
- Permanent Impairment Checks - monthly checks when you return to work if you have a permanent injury. The number of months you receive checks depends on the severity of your injury.
- Vocational Rehabilitation/Disability - If you can't return to your old job or type of work, there are likely disability checks that are due to you.
The insurance company wants to tape record a statement from me and they want me to sign papers. Should I cooperate?
If you are unsure if you want to be recorded or not, contact an attorney at Skaug Law 208-615-4027, 800-551-4948 for free advice as to what papers not to sign and whether to give a tape-recorded statement. It's good to remember that insurance companies primary goal is to not pay out money, or pay the least amount possible.