Idaho Workers’ Comp: Frequently Asked Questions
Mossman Law Office has handled injury-related cases for more than 25 years. We understand what you are going through, and we know you probably have a lot of questions.
What should I do after a work injury?
If you have suffered a job-related injury or illness, report it to your employer as soon as possible and seek medical care. Be sure to tell the medical care provider that your injury or illness is job-related. To receive workers’ compensation benefits, it is crucial to have medical documentation that helps to show the full extent of your injury. Also, talk to a workers’ compensation attorney as soon as possible to make sure you take all the correct steps to receive the benefits you need. After a work injury, a mistake in the process could result in fewer workers’ comp benefits, so it is important to have legal guidance early in the process.
I’m an undocumented immigrant. Can I still get workers’ compensation in Idaho?
Yes. The Idaho Supreme Court has ruled that undocumented workers have the right to claim workers’ compensation benefits. Your immigration status should not hold you back from filing a work injury claim. If you have questions about your workers’ compensation benefits, please contact our office in Boise. We represent clients throughout Idaho. We also represent clients who live in other states but worked and were injured in Idaho. Se Habla Español
Do I need to prove that someone was at fault for my work injury?
The Idaho workers’ compensation system is a no-fault system. That means you do not have to prove that anyone caused your injury. You can also claim workers’ comp benefits even if your own mistake at work resulted in your injury.
Do I have to use my employer’s designated physician?
If your employer has a designated physician for work injuries or diseases and you want to be treated by a different doctor, you can ask your employer for approval to change doctors or you can petition the Idaho Industrial Commission to change doctors. Again, it is best to consult with an Idaho workers’ compensation attorney before making any major changes that could affect your coverage or benefits.
What types of benefits are available through Idaho workers’ compensation?
Idaho workers’ compensation provides benefits for medical care, lost income, impairment and permanent disability. Death benefits are also available to the surviving spouse and children of a worker who dies because of a work-related injury or illness. To learn more, please see our overview of Idaho workers’ compensation benefits.
What if my injury at work was caused by someone other than my employer or my coworker?
If your injury was caused by the negligence of someone other than your employer or your coworker, You may have grounds for a personal injury claim, which is different than a workers’ compensation claim. To learn more, please see our personal injury overview.
Contact Mossman Law Office
To contact Mossman Law Office for a free initial consultation, please call 208-874-0900 or complete our contact form. Our office is in Boise, and we represent clients throughout Idaho. Se Habla Español