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When you've been hurt on the job, you need someone who will stand up for your rights. Indiana workers expect fair treatment from their employers and their insurance companies, but too often, that's not what happens. That's where an experienced work injury attorney can make a major difference.

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Boughter Sinak, LLC is proud to handle workers' compensation claims as well as third-party injury claims on behalf of injured workers in Fort Wayne, South Bend and throughout Indiana. We're here to help from start to finish.

When you’ve been hurt on the job, don’t go it alone. Get a proven fighter in your corner. We can demand the benefits you need to put your life back together. We have extensive experience advocating for our clients in negotiations, at administrative hearings, and at trial. In particular, we have extensive experience handling work injury claims involving construction accidents and other serious work-related injuries, including electrocution accidents and injuries involving burns and explosions.

Put your trust in a law firm that puts Indiana workers first. Contact us online or call 1-877-962-4373 today for your free consultation with an experienced work accident lawyer.

For starters I knew I was going to get an aggressive attorney after calling 3 others for a workers comp issue at around 4 pm on a Thursday, and he was the only attorney to return my messages and he returned it that Friday morning, none of the others ever bothered to call.  He did indeed prove to very aggressive as the case dragged on for about a year and got me the most I was entitled to in this anti worker state of Indiana.

- Frederick R.

What is workers' compensation?

In Indiana, employees injured on the job are entitled to workers' compensation benefits. Workers' compensation pays for all "reasonable and necessary" medical treatment for your on-the-job injury, as well as wage replacement benefits if you are unable to work for a period of time due to your injury. Other benefits include permanent disability, vocational rehabilitation, mileage to and from medical appointments, and death benefits.

Workers’ compensation is a “no-fault” system, meaning you don’t have to prove your employer’s negligence caused your injury. You only need to prove that the injury was sustained in the course and scope of your employment. There are only a few circumstances, such as intentionally injuring yourself, in which you would not be eligible for workers’ comp.

In principle, this is supposed to be simple: You get hurt on the job, you file a claim and the insurance company handles the rest. In practice, the system often puts many obstacles in your way. That's why we strongly recommend that you contact a workers' compensation attorney at Boughter Sinak, LLC as soon as possible. We can guide you through the claims process and help you recover the benefits you need and deserve.

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Understanding third-party injury claims

Workers' compensation is a tradeoff - you get some benefits on a "no-fault" basis, but you are also barred from suing your employer or a coworker to recover damages after an on-the-job injury. However, that immunity only applies to your employer, not to a third party who may have been involved in the accident. If your injury was caused by someone other than your employer, you can file a personal injury claim against that individual or organization.

Some common examples of third-party workplace claims include:

  • Your accident was caused by a contractor who was working for another company on the same job site. This is especially common on construction sites, where more than one company may be working at the same time.
  • You were in a motor vehicle accident while driving for work.
  • You sustained an injury due to unsafe conditions while visiting another company's premises in the course of your job duties.
  • Your injury involved defective equipment or products manufactured by another company.

Third-party claims can quickly get complicated, especially as you're simultaneously filing for workers' compensation benefits. One of the advantages of working with Boughter Sinak, LLC is that we have extensive experience with both personal injury and workers' compensation claims. We know how to pursue these claims simultaneously and coordinate benefits and sources of compensation to help you get the best possible recovery.

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Neck and Back Injuries

Injuries to the neck and back are common in workplaces throughout Indiana. They're often caused by overexertion, such as lifting heavy loads. While some of these injuries can be attributed to a single incident, others can happen over a period of months or years as the worker performs the same task repeatedly.

If you've sustained an injury to the neck or back on the job, we can help you fight for the workers' compensation benefits you need while you recover. Whether you have a relatively short-term injury or a permanent disability, our attorneys are here to advocate for you every step of the way.

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Heatstroke and Heat Exhaustion

Heat exposure due to hot working conditions outdoors or indoors can be dangerous, leading to serious injuries due to heatstroke or heat stress. Whether it’s roofers working on top of a building, welders, bakers, construction workers, firefighters or other jobs that routinely expose workers to extreme heat or dangerously hot working conditions, heatstroke and heat stress can cause serious short-term and long-term health issues.

Heat exhaustion and heatstroke occur due to the body rapidly overheating as a result of exposure to high temperatures. If not treated promptly, heatstroke or heat stress can result in organ damage, including damage to the brain, heart, muscles or kidneys. Your ability to work in the future may be impaired, and you may have long-term or permanent medical complications.

If you or a loved one sustained a heat-related work injury, you need medical care and time to fully recover. You also need full compensation for the long-term cost. This is why it’s important to talk to a work injury lawyer right away to learn more about your rights and the legal options available to you.

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Loading and Unloading Injuries

There are many risks associated with loading and unloading trucks in the workplace. This is physically intense work that can cause injuries due to overexertion and heat exhaustion. Loading areas are often cluttered, slippery or otherwise hazardous, leading to slip, trip and falls. You may have been hit by falling objects or even a moving vehicle in the loading and unloading area.

Whether your injury is temporary or permanent, you are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits to pay for the full cost of your medical treatment as well as wage replacement for missed work. Depending on the circumstances, we may also be able to file a third-party claim on your behalf. Contact us today to find out how we can help.

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Forklift Accidents

Forklifts are commonly used in factories, warehouses and construction sites to move heavy loads. They're also a common cause of injuries. It's important for forklift drivers to receive proper training and for forklift manufacturers to make sure their vehicles are safe. Otherwise, serious injuries can result when people are hit by the load or the forklift itself. Loads may be dropped or even set down on top of workers.

If you were injured or lost a loved one in an accident involving a forklift, the attorneys at Boughter Sinak, LLC can fight for the justice you deserve and the compensation you need. We can help you pursue a workers' compensation claim as well as a third-party injury claim, if applicable. From start to finish, we're here to help you put your life back together.

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Factory Injuries

Factories can be dangerous. Sometimes, workers sustain serious injuries due to a single incident; they might be exposed to dangerous chemicals, hit by objects, electrocuted or injured in a fire or explosion. Other injuries take place over a period of time, such as repetitive motion injuries and overexertion. Regardless of the cause, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation.

Boughter Sinak, LLC has extensive experience representing Indiana factory workers in both workers’ compensation and third-party claims. Whether you’re just out of work for a few weeks or need disability benefits for a permanent injury, we’re here to help you get the benefits you need and deserve to rebuild your life.

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