Most residents of Montana work hard and take pride in the work they do. When they are injured at work their goal is generally to recover and get back to work as soon as possible. Unfortunately many workers’ compensation insurance providers deny injured workers the benefits they need to recover medically and financially.
Montana’s workers’ compensation system represents a compromise reached decades ago between labor and business interests. Employers are required to purchase workers’ compensation insurance or certify to the state that they have the financial resources to be self-insured for workers’ compensation claims. A worker injured on the job is entitled to recover workers’ compensation benefits, without having to prove the employer was at fault. In exchange, workers gave up their right to sue the employer in most instances.
Workers’ compensation benefits are available to cover medical expenses, prescription drugs, rehabilitation and lost wages caused by temporary or permanent disability. In many cases, especially those involving minor injuries, the insurance company pays the benefits without objection. But all too often the insurer tries to cut off the benefits before the worker has fully recovered, or refuses to pay for treatments or medications the worker’s own doctor recommends. When this happens, we are here to help.
The law firm of Edmiston & Colton has been proudly representing injured Montana working people for many years. Whether you were injured in a factory, in an office, on a loading dock or in the oil fields, we are prepared to fight for the benefits you are legally entitled to receive. If the facts suggest negligence by a party other than the employer, we are prepared to investigate and pursue a third-party lawsuit to recover additional damages. For more information on our workers’ compensation practice, please see our web site.