If you have been injured at work, you likely are concerned about the workers’ compensation process. It is normal to wonder what type of benefits you may qualify for, what they offer, and how you will know that you qualify. These are all common concerns, and a workers’ compensation lawyer can help you find answers.
Workers’ Compensation Benefit Types
There are several types of workers’ compensation benefits. What you qualify for will depend on a variety of factors. A lawyer can help you determine which benefits to apply for. The most common benefits include:
- Medical Care – Medical care benefits are paid by your employer. These benefits cover the cost of medical and recovery expenses related to your injury or illness.
- Temporary Disability – If you lose wages and cannot perform your usual job because of your injury or illness, you may qualify for temporary disability benefits. These benefits help offset lost income.
- Permanent Disability – If you are injured or ill to the extent that you are permanently disabled or will never completely recover, then you may qualify for permanent disability benefits. Permanent disability benefit amounts vary based on your previous earnings.
- Supplemental Job Displacement Benefits – If you were injured during or after 2004, you may qualify for supplemental job displacement vouchers. These vouchers help cover the cost of retraining, skill enhancement, or education for another position.
- Death Benefits – Death benefits are payable to a spouse or children if a worker dies from an on the job injury or illness. Death benefits may include burial expenses. The amount payable depends on the number of dependents and when the death occurred.
The best way to find out what workers’ compensation benefits you qualify for is to contact a lawyer. At The Law Offices of Dennis R. Fusi & Associates, we can help you determine what type of benefits you qualify for, and can help you file your claim. We can also help with appeals if you have been denied benefits, or if your employer is refusing to file a claim.