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Workers Comp

Chod Law, LLC Experienced Workers’ Compensation Lawyer

With a few exceptions, employees injured in a workplace accident are eligible to obtain workers’ compensation benefits. Workers’ compensation, often referred to as “work comp” or “workman’s comp,” is a type of no-fault insurance/benefit program that protects workers in the event they are injured on the job. Most employers in the United States are required to carry workers’ comp insurance, but even with coverage, employees are often denied the benefits they are entitled to receive.  If you were injured at work or lost a loved one in a workplace accident, you have the right to seek legal representation to help navigate the work comp system.

Workers’ Compensation Law

All public and private employers, with few exceptions, must carry workers’ compensation insurance and offer benefits to employees, whether they are full or part-time. A wide-range of injuries and disabilities are covered under the state work comp laws.  Injured employees may be eligible for temporary disability benefits while off work recovering from the injury incident and permanent disability benefits depending on the nature and severity of the injury and whether the employee experiences permanent limitations, restrictions and symptoms.  If the injury resulted in the employee’s death, the surviving spouse and dependants may also be entitled to death benefits.

In order to protect your rights under the work comp laws, an injured employee must immediately (or as soon as reasonably possible) notify the employer of the workplace injury, no matter how small or trivial the injury may seem.  Forms need to be completed and there are strict deadlines within which an employee must notify the employer of the work injury as failure to do so can forever bar potential compensation for the injury.  Once notified, the employer is obligated to make sure the employee receives prompt medical care and treatment which is paid for through the employer’s work comp insurance carrier.  Employers usually have designated medical providers and will direct the injured worker to these providers for medical care. Under certain scenarios, the injured employee can receive treatment through a provider of their choice but the insurance company may not be obligated to pay for this treatment.

Unfortunately, workers’ compensation cases are not always simple to resolve.  Many claims involve complex medical/legal issues and when possible, insurance companies will not hesitate to deny claims in order to avoid responsibility.

Chod Law, LLC is dedicated to protecting the rights of individuals injured on the job and will seek the maximum possible recovery under law for all harms and losses sustained.

Great Lawyer!

Jeff Chod was my lawyer in a suit against MRL in Missoula Montana.He
distinguished himself in a very professional manner. His hard work,
extensive knowledge and attention to detail enabled me to get a
satisfactorysettlement. He was easily accessible and quickly attended to all my
questions and worries. I highly recommend Jeff to anyone due to his work
ethic and willingness to go that extra mile to insure his client gets the best
possible results.

~ Brian, Victor, MT
Changed my life

I met Mr. Chod in 2007. It was the best decision I have ever made to
hire him. I was injured and scared, and he did not know me, but gave
me confidence, told me to focus on getting better and he would take
care of the rest. Amazingly he did and I made also a friend for life.

~ Tony, Amelia, OH
My experience was outstanding

As a former MOW employee for Wisconsin Central Railroad in need of an
injury attorney, it has been my experience that good FELA attorneys are hard
to find. After having to fire my first attorney due to a very frustrating
experience, I found attorney Chod and from that point on, my experience
was nothing short of outstanding. Jeff treated me personally with
compassion as if I were his only client and understood completely
the seriousness of my injury. He fought a very long and
tough battle against a team of very high powered attorneys
with due diligence...

~ Todd, Wausau, WI
Railroad Incident

I hired Mr. Chod after I had an incident at a mine here in
Wyoming when I worked for the Union Pacific Railroad
and he did an excellent job of settling my case. Mr. Chod
worked well with myself and the doctors he talked to and
other railroad employees.

~ Connie, Douglas, WY
When you need a winner, he is your guy...

In September of 2014 I suffered a career ending injury at BNSF Railway. The RR choose to not do the right thing even though I continued to have faith in them. I talked to Jeff on a recommendation of a friend after many broken promises by BNSF. I had only done one thing wrong that night, and that was trusting BNSF to accurately train, and prepare a operator to safely work along side me. I talked with Jeff and he helped ease my mind and finally realize that the RR was not conducting themselves in my best interest or livelihood. My injuries physically were were permanent and the PTSD was overwhelming and learning to deal with it was life altering. Jeff worked tirelessly for me and my future well-being. He fought them like David and Goliath and we won.

~ Lisa, Memphis, TN
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