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Injured At Work-How Much You Can Expect to Receive

Workers’ compensation is a sponsored system that pays financial benefits to employees who sustain injuries or disabilities during their employment course. By agreeing to obtain this form of insurance, employees agree to relinquish their right to litigate their employer for negligence.

The “compensation bargain” seeks to protect both employers and workers. Most of these plans provide coverage of medical charges associated with injuries sustained as a direct outcome of employment. If you’ve sustained injuries at the workplace, here’s what you can expect to receive.

Disability Payments

The amount an employee obtains in disability benefits is dependent on the nature of your disability.

Permanent Partial Disability

If your work-related injuries led to some kind of permanent impairment but didn’t leave you completely disabled, you’re likely to receive a financial award to compensate for your permanent damage.

In the event that your injuries restrict the work you can do or if you underwent surgery under your worker’s comp claim, you’ll probably be entitled to an award for a permanent partial disability. Numerous employers will suggest a settlement of the issues associated with a permanent partial disability by proposing a dollar amount slightly less than or equivalent to the amount of your probable award under your workers’ comp claim.

A significant thing to keep in mind is that you’ll need to relinquish something for this money. You might be surrendering the right to argue that you’re totally and permanently disabled or the privilege to argue that a certain health condition was associated with your workers’ compensation claim or the right to any future health care.

If considerable money is at stake, you’ll need to consult a workers’ compensation lawyer regarding the implications of this kind of settlement agreement.

Permanent Total

You may be entitled to permanent disability if you’re unable to work because of an on-the-job injury that’s incurable. Generally, you’ll need to present a doctor’s report to your employer’s insurer. The claims personnel will evaluate the report and establish whether you’re eligible for benefits.

 

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Remember, the manner in which calculation occurs differs across states. In some states, you might obtain payments for the rest of your life.

Temporary Total

Payments for these disabilities are typically based on a proportion (for instance 662/3) of the employee’s average weekly income (the employee’s wage before the injury). For instance, an employee who typically earns $1,000 weekly who sustains disability for two months due to a broken leg will obtain $667 every week for the eight-week period.

Medical Coverage

A fundamental element of workers comp insurance is health coverage. Medical coverage applies to all health expenses. It comprises fees charged for nursing care, doctor visits, medications, physical therapy, and diagnostic tests. Health coverage is usually unlimited with no copays or deductibles.

The employer will also receive benefits until he or she recovers fully from the injury. In numerous states, providers receive reimbursement for health services based on a fee schedule, which shows the most a provider will obtain for every kind of treatment.

This area of compensation frequently results in disputes between the insurer and employee. If the insurer thinks that the worker’s treatment has extended too long or that the treatment isn’t normally accepted in the health community, the insurance carrier might decline to pay for the treatment on the basis that it’s no longer necessary and reasonable.

In this case, the worker will have to file a claim with the state employees’ compensation agency to try to obtain the paid for treatment.

Rehabilitation

Most states offer some kind of vocational rehabilitation to employees who are incapable of returning to their former job because of an on-the-job injury. Some also offer psychological rehabilitation if an employee suffers a work-related mental injury.

Final Thoughts

If you sustain a work-related injury, you’re entitled to benefits under workers compensation. In the event that an injury takes place, it’s good to know what you can expect from workers’ compensation. Fortunately, this guide offers insight into what to expect.


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