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Personal Injury / Worker's Compensation

Personal Injury 

A family that has suffered a wrongful injury or death has rights that should be respected.  The negligent party can and should be held responsible for damages they caused.  Insurance companies may try to take advantage of a grieving family by making a fast settlement  while the bereaved are still in shock.  Chances are a settlement made under these circumstances won't come close to providing the justice a family or injured person deserves.  

The Gil Law Group has represented hundreds of people and families in wrongful death and personal injury cases.  We have the right combination of strength and compassion to work with you and your family when you need counsel the most.

Worker's Compensation

If you are injured in the course of your employment, you may be entitled to numerous benefits.  Here are some common Workers' Compensation Questions:

What is TTD?

TTD stands for temporary total disability.  It's the benefits you get when you cannot work in any capacity because of your injury.

How much is TTD?

TTD is 2/3rd of your average weekly wage, but cannot exceed the state average weekly wage.  TTD benefits are tax-free.  You must have verification you can't work from a doctor.

When will I get my TTD benefits?

TTD benefits will not be paid until the insurer accepts your claim and you provide a doctor's note to the insurer to prove you are unable to work. 

Does Workers' compensation pay for medical bills?

The workers' compensation insurer pays for medical bills for treatment related to your workers' compensation injury.  The insurer will not pay medical bills unless the claim is accepted and the doctor requests authorization from the insurer to proceed with the treatment.

Is my employer entitled to see my medical records?

The employer does not have access to your medical records directly, but the insurer will have access to your medical records.

What is Average Weekly Wage (AWW) and what if I work overtime?

Your AWW is the average of your wages for the 14 weeks prior to your injury.  If you work overtime, that is included in the calculation of AWW. 

How much are legal fees?

In workers' compensation cases, the attorney doesn't get paid unless you get paid.  When you get a permanent partial disability award or settlement, the attorney is entitled to 20% of that.  The fees are set by the law.

Do I get paid for pain and suffering?

In these cases you do not get pain and suffering.  You get permanent partial disability (PPD) or permanent total disability (PTD), which compensates you for the permanent issues you will have as a result of your work related injury.

Medical Malpractice

Medical malpractice is the failure to follow established standards of care.  It is negligence committed by a professional healthcare provider such as a doctor, nurse, pharmacist, dentist, technician, or nursing home staff member.  If a patient is harmed because the healthcare provider failed to meet a standard of practice in line with others of similar background and training, that provider has committed malpractice.

Product Liability

If a product causes injury, death, or property damage, the manufacturer or seller may be liable to the injured party. Product liability litigation has forced hundreds of dangerous or defective products off the market, including diet drugs, lead paint, and asbestos building materials.  If you or someone you care about has been injured by a product you suspect is dangerous or defective, you must take action within a limited time period or you will lose your right to seek recovery.  

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