The workers' compensation system in all states, including in Nebraska, has a fairly simple premise. For starters, employers that participate in the system enjoy the benefit of, usually, not being threatened with legal action when an employee is injured or contracts an illness on-the-job. For employees who are covered in the workers' compensation system, they enjoy the benefit for receiving medical treatment for their work-related injuries and illnesses, as well as receiving a portion of their pay while they are unable to work due to the injury or illness.
However, in reality, it is not always so simple for injury or ill workers to receive benefits under the workers' compensation system. Why? Well, unfortunately, sometimes the employer will fight about the injury or illness in question, such as questioning whether or not it was actually “work-related” or if it actually occurred “on-the-job.” The employer's insurance company might get in on the fight too.
Another reality is that, like most government-run programs, applying for and being approved to receive workers' compensation is a delicate step-by-step process. Injured or ill workers who do not do every part of each step may see their claim for benefits delayed, or denied altogether.
At our law firm, we are all too familiar with the obstacles that injured and ill workers in Nebraska may encounter as they attempt to claim their deserved workers' compensation benefits. We do our best to help our clients get the answers they need and, if necessary, fight back against employers and insurance companies that are trying to squash the claim. For more information about how we attempt to help workers in Nebraska, please visit the workers' compensation overview section of our law firm's website.