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Guest Post:It’s time to overcome the negative stigma of workers’ compensation

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This is a guest post from our colleague Mack Babcock from Denver. We like the post because it directly the addresses the issue of the stigma of workers’ compensation. We have addressed that stigma indirectly in two recent posts (here and here), but we haven’t addressed the issue directly.

Both workers’ compensation claimants and attorneys know what a complicated, stressful mess a workers’ compensation claim can be

In the event of a workplace accident, workers’ compensation is intended to cover an injured worker’s medical expenses, lost wages, and any permanent disability. Even when filing a workers’ compensation claim is well within an injured party’s rights, they often face a difficulty they might not have expected: stigma.

A 2014 survey by Summit Pharmacy, Inc. found that more than a third (37%) of Americans believe individuals who claim workers’ compensation are using it as an excuse to get out of work.

Clearly, there’s a lot of misinformation and misunderstanding out there about what workers’ compensation is and when it applies. Even though workers’ compensation is a type of insurance — no different than car insurance or medical insurance — some people regard it as a welfare program for those who don’t want to work.

Stress and anxiety are already common among those injured at work, and the last thing they need is to worry more about how others might perceive them. It’s important for both employers and employees to understand that the primary goal of the workers’ compensation system is to provide basic protection to the injured worker, allowing them to recover faster and become a productive member of society once again.

In most cases, denying a claim simply shifts the burden of recovery to the injured worker, and prolongs the amount of time it takes for that person to return to the workplace.

Employers

Some employers dislike the workers’ compensation insurance requirement for various reasons, including financial complaints. They may feel they will be asked to pay for injuries that aren’t serious, injuries caused outside of work or by a pre-existing condition, or injuries that are the result of the carelessness of the individual seeking benefits. In reality, cases of people “gaming” the system are rare — despite the pervasive negative stigma that this is the norm.

In addition, workers often fear reprisal from their employer for filing a workers’ compensation claim. What they don’t realize is that most states have enacted varying degrees of protection for workers to prevent them from being fired for filing a claim.

Take Colorado, for instance.

If you’ve been injured on the job in an “at will” employment state like Colorado, it’s technically legal for an employer to fire you during the process of a workers’ compensation claim. However, employers are NOT legally able to fire employees out of retaliation because of the claim. They must present valid reasons for the termination. (Editors’ Note: This is true in Nebraska was as well)

Co-Workers

Another source of the negative stigma surrounding workers’ compensation is co-workers.

Other employees, perhaps influenced by their supervisor’s attitude, may feel jealous of an injured co-worker who is receiving pay and benefits without having to come to work. They may feel as though the injured worker is getting away with something. Why should they work hard for their paycheck while the so-called injured person stays home and gets paid for doing nothing?

Other co-workers may even feel resentful, believing the injured person could work at a lesser pace or easier job rather than take advantage of a program for which others must pay.

Unfortunately, many injured workers are reluctant to file for workers’ compensation benefits because they feel embarrassed and ashamed. They wonder what their co-workers might think.

Self-Criticism

Lastly, not only can the criticism of employers and co-workers make a claimant hesitate to file for workers’ compensation, but the injured person may have to overcome their own sense of pride. It’s important to understand that workers’ compensation isn’t charity or welfare, but a legitimate insurance program that’s meant to be used if needed.

If you don’t feel bad about using your auto insurance to pay for vehicle repairs after a crash or medical insurance to help pay for an annual physical, then you shouldn’t feel bad about utilizing workers’ compensation insurance.

It’s okay to ask for help when you need it.

Don’t Be Afraid to Consult a Workers’ Compensation Attorney

We think it’s past time people overcome the stigma associated with workers’ compensation.

If you or a loved one have been injured at work, you should know there’s nothing wrong or shameful about filing for workers’ compensation benefits. There’s nothing to be embarrassed about. Plenty of people with long and successful careers file workers’ compensation claims. Workers’ compensation is an important tool for injured individuals seeking recovery and who want to become a productive member of society again as soon as possible.

While we can’t change the minds of 1 in 3 Americans, we do understand what you’re going through and we can help you navigate the process swiftly and easily. Don’t let the false stigma and stereotype of workers’ compensation deter you from pursuing the benefits you rightfully deserve.

Take the first step today by contacting an experienced workers’ compensation attorney to talk about your case.

The offices of Rehm, Bennett & Moore, which also sponsors the Trucker Lawyers website, are located in Lincoln and Omaha, Nebraska. Five attorneys represent plaintiffs in workers’ compensation, personal injury, employment and Social Security disability claims. The firm’s lawyers have combined experience of more than 95 years of practice representing injured workers and truck drivers in Nebraska, Iowa and other states with Nebraska and Iowa jurisdiction. The lawyers regularly represent hurt truck drivers and often sue Crete Carrier Corporation, K&B Trucking, Werner Enterprises, UPS, and FedEx. Lawyers in the firm hold licenses in Nebraska and Iowa and are active in groups such as the College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers, Workers' Injury Law & Advocacy Group (WILG), American Association for Justice (AAJ), the Nebraska Association of Trial Attorneys (NATA), and the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). We have the knowledge, experience and toughness to win rightful compensation for people who have been injured or mistreated.

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Rehm Bennett Moore Rehm and Ockander lawyers organizing and speaking at local and regional seminars

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Rehm Bennett Moore Rehm and Ockander lawyers have helped organize and speak at several recent and upcoming seminars about workers’ compensation.

Rod Rehm is co-chairing the Nebraska Association of Trial Attorneys “ERISA Subrogation, Health Care, Long Term Disability and Other ERISA Benefits Workshop ” on Friday May 3rd in Lincoln. Knowledge of this area of the law helps attorneys to maximize financial recovery for workers’ compensation and personal injury clients.

The seminar features ERISA experts Eric Buchanan and David Abney. Rod met Mr. Buchanan and Mr, Abney at a seminar through WILG, the Workers Injury Law and Advocacy Group (WILG) and recruited them to present to NATA.

Speaking of WILG, Rod presented at the WILG Midwestern Conference on April 29th in Kansas City. His seminar topic is “Lessons from 40 years in the trenches”. Rod also helped organize the conference. Besides the formal seminar, the WILG regional conference was a great opportunity for lawyers who represent injured workers to learn from each other informally. Jon Rehm also attended the seminar.

Brody Ockander recently presented at the recent Baylor Evnen client conference. Brody was part of a panel of plaintiff’s attorneys who presented to insurance and human resources personnel about the plaintiff’s perspective on workers’ compensation. The fact that Brody was invited to the panel shows the regard in which he is held by opposing counsel.

In case you missed it last month, Todd Bennett was inducted into the College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers. Todd joins Rod as the only plaintiff’s lawyer members of the College from Nebraska,

Our firm is proud of our role in educating lawyers and non-lawyers about workers’ compensation laws and practice. Our firm is also grateful that we have been given the opportunity to share our knowledge abut workers’ compensation.

The offices of Rehm, Bennett & Moore, which also sponsors the Trucker Lawyers website, are located in Lincoln and Omaha, Nebraska. Five attorneys represent plaintiffs in workers’ compensation, personal injury, employment and Social Security disability claims. The firm’s lawyers have combined experience of more than 95 years of practice representing injured workers and truck drivers in Nebraska, Iowa and other states with Nebraska and Iowa jurisdiction. The lawyers regularly represent hurt truck drivers and often sue Crete Carrier Corporation, K&B Trucking, Werner Enterprises, UPS, and FedEx. Lawyers in the firm hold licenses in Nebraska and Iowa and are active in groups such as the College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers, Workers' Injury Law & Advocacy Group (WILG), American Association for Justice (AAJ), the Nebraska Association of Trial Attorneys (NATA), and the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). We have the knowledge, experience and toughness to win rightful compensation for people who have been injured or mistreated.

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Todd Bennett elected to The College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers

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Todd Bennett was recently inducted into the College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers

Congratulations to Todd D. Bennett of the Rehm Bennett Moore Rehm and Ockander Law Firm who was inducted as a Fellow into The College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers on March 16, 2019 in Miami, Florida.

The College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers has been established to honor those attorneys who have distinguished themselves in their practice in the field of workers’ compensation.  The college is a national organization that includes plaintiff’s attorneys, defense attorneys, judges and professors.

Fellows have been nominated for the outstanding traits they have developed in their practice of over 20 years representing injured workers and acting for the benefit of all in education, overseeing agencies and developing legislation. These individuals have convinced their peers, the bar, bench and public that they possess the highest professional qualifications, professional expertise and leadership. A Fellow has a thirst for knowledge in all areas of the law that affects their representation of their clients in Workers’ Compensation.

Todd Bennett joins his law partner, Rod Rehm, as the only two plaintiff’s attorneys in Nebraska who have been selected to the college. The other two members of the college from Nebraska, defense attorneys Dennis Riekenberg and Dallas Jones, were there in Miami when Todd was inducted into the college.

The offices of Rehm, Bennett & Moore, which also sponsors the Trucker Lawyers website, are located in Lincoln and Omaha, Nebraska. Five attorneys represent plaintiffs in workers’ compensation, personal injury, employment and Social Security disability claims. The firm’s lawyers have combined experience of more than 95 years of practice representing injured workers and truck drivers in Nebraska, Iowa and other states with Nebraska and Iowa jurisdiction. The lawyers regularly represent hurt truck drivers and often sue Crete Carrier Corporation, K&B Trucking, Werner Enterprises, UPS, and FedEx. Lawyers in the firm hold licenses in Nebraska and Iowa and are active in groups such as the College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers, Workers' Injury Law & Advocacy Group (WILG), American Association for Justice (AAJ), the Nebraska Association of Trial Attorneys (NATA), and the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). We have the knowledge, experience and toughness to win rightful compensation for people who have been injured or mistreated.

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Happy Holidays!

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Happy Holidays from the attorneys at Rehm Bennett Moore Rehm and Ockander.

This holiday season we are grateful for….

The clients who have been physically, financially and or emotionally harmed by others who trust us to represent them.

The family members of our clients who help us represent our clients.

Our staff who helps us represent our clients and put up with us on a day to day basis.

Our family members who put up with us and support us.

The doctors who treat our clients and cooperate in court proceedings along with their nurses and support staff.

Court staff, court reporters, interpreters and everyone else behind the scenes in the legal system.

Opposing counsel and their support staff for their professionalism in litigation.

Judges who provide prompt and well-reasoned decisions…even if we as attorneys don’t always agree with the decisions.

 

The offices of Rehm, Bennett & Moore, which also sponsors the Trucker Lawyers website, are located in Lincoln and Omaha, Nebraska. Five attorneys represent plaintiffs in workers’ compensation, personal injury, employment and Social Security disability claims. The firm’s lawyers have combined experience of more than 95 years of practice representing injured workers and truck drivers in Nebraska, Iowa and other states with Nebraska and Iowa jurisdiction. The lawyers regularly represent hurt truck drivers and often sue Crete Carrier Corporation, K&B Trucking, Werner Enterprises, UPS, and FedEx. Lawyers in the firm hold licenses in Nebraska and Iowa and are active in groups such as the College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers, Workers' Injury Law & Advocacy Group (WILG), American Association for Justice (AAJ), the Nebraska Association of Trial Attorneys (NATA), and the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). We have the knowledge, experience and toughness to win rightful compensation for people who have been injured or mistreated.

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Your Vote Matters: State Elections Affect Injured Workers’ Benefits, Workers’ Compensation Systems

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The rights and benefits of injured people are heavily influenced and affected by the representatives who are elected at the state level for office.

Rehm, Bennett & Moore urges you to vote and recommends these candidates for the Nebraska Legislature. Voting for these candidates will help protect your rights to receive proper compensation for injuries, lost earnings and damages.

These are candidates who have gone on the record that they will work hard to protect a fair workers’ compensation system, unrestricted access to the courts for legitimate claims, and full personal responsibility for anyone who chooses to ignore the safety of others. Please do your research before voting, and be sure to cast your vote on Nov. 8.

Finally, here’s a blog post from 2014 that talks more about the importance of considering injured workers and their loved ones when you vote: Examining Workers’ Compensation’s ‘Grand Bargain’ and the Upcoming Election

These candidates would appreciate your vote.

The offices of Rehm, Bennett & Moore, which also sponsors the Trucker Lawyers website, are located in Lincoln and Omaha, Nebraska. Five attorneys represent plaintiffs in workers’ compensation, personal injury, employment and Social Security disability claims. The firm’s lawyers have combined experience of more than 95 years of practice representing injured workers and truck drivers in Nebraska, Iowa and other states with Nebraska and Iowa jurisdiction. The lawyers regularly represent hurt truck drivers and often sue Crete Carrier Corporation, K&B Trucking, Werner Enterprises, UPS, and FedEx. Lawyers in the firm hold licenses in Nebraska and Iowa and are active in groups such as the College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers, Workers' Injury Law & Advocacy Group (WILG), American Association for Justice (AAJ), the Nebraska Association of Trial Attorneys (NATA), and the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). We have the knowledge, experience and toughness to win rightful compensation for people who have been injured or mistreated.

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