What Benefits Does Workers’ Comp Include?
If you were injured at your place of work, you are entitled to certain workers’ compensation benefits, especially if the accident that caused your injury was the fault of a coworker, employer, or machine malfunction. Before accepting a settlement, however, it is important to speak with a competent and experienced injury lawyer who can help you determine what damages your compensation should include.
At Bill Easterly & Associates, we have 25 years of experience in personal injury law and know how to pursue the maximum restitution that our clients deserve. We can fight aggressively on your behalf to ensure that you can receive the financial support that you need to recover during this difficult time. Workplace injuries are frustrating and stressful, and often result in monetary damages beyond mere treatment.
Coverage for Workplace Injuries
Workers’ compensation can come in many forms and typically covers a number of different damages that an employee suffers. The details can be complicated, and employers will often try to deny or dispute the total benefits you deserve. In these instances, a lawyer can help you file and pursue appeals in order to ensure that your employer is not low-balling your claim.
A workers compensation should, first and foremost, cover all medical expenses including any ER costs, treatment expenses, and hospital bills. This should cover doctor visits and medication, as well as any surgery that may be required. Furthermore, you should be compensated for any medical equipment that is required for your recovery, such as wheelchairs or crutches, and for any therapy and counseling that your injury necessitates.
If your workplace injury affects your ability to work, you may also be covered by disability benefits. Your workers’ compensation should then include restitution for an inability to perform your essential job duties, especially if this leads to a loss of wages or a need to retrain for your position. If the damage is such that you must seek other work, compensation can include costs relating to training for a new career.
Different degrees of disability benefits include:
- Temporary total disabilities – In which you are unable to work at all for a limited time.
- Temporary partial disability – In which you are temporarily unable to perform some duties.
- Permanent total disability – In which you are unable to ever return to work.
- Permanent partial disability – You will never be able to perform some of your duties again.
Finally, if a work-related accident resulted in the wrongful death of your loved one, a workers’ compensation policy should provide you with restitution for the financial losses that the death has caused you. The purpose of this benefit is to compensate family members or relatives who were financially dependent on the decedent. The total amount of restitution typically includes funeral costs and potential earnings.
Discuss the Details of Your Case With Our Team
No two workers’ compensation cases are the same. Ultimately, the amount that you can receive through for a work-related injury depends on the specific facts and details of your case. As such, it is essential to speak with an injury lawyer to determine how much compensation you should pursue from your employer. Bill Easterly & Associates, will fully investigate and analyze your claim to provide you with the legal guidance that you need and deserve.
Contact our firm and schedule your free case evaluation to get started!