Work-related injuries may range from mild to severe and require different levels of care. Some may have lifelong ramifications that make it impossible to return to work or regain the quality of life enjoyed before the accident. Understanding the different types of workers' comp claims will allow you to make a more informed choice when it comes to your compensation. Hiring a workers' comp attorney will ensure that you get the compensation you deserve.
Most workers' comp claims will usually fall into one of the following four distinct categories:
A workers' comp claim that is mild to moderate in severity may only require medical care. The employee is still able to work while receiving treatment. While they may have a weight limitation or other restrictions, they are able to perform the majority of their tasks without interference. With proper medical care, the employer will not miss any work.
Medical Care Plus Time Off-the-Job
With more severe injuries, the employee may require both medical care and time off from work. While the employee is off work, they will receive workers' compensation benefits equivalent to approximately 2/3 of their usual weekly pay. As soon as the employee is able, they can return to work and resume their regular activities. It's important to remember that if an employee stays off work for too long, they may be terminated, or their position may no longer be available.
Medical Care Plus Alternative Employment Training
With some work-related injuries, the employee will require medical care but may not be able to return to the job they had before the injury. In this case, as soon as their recovery has reached a certain point, they may be able to return to work but in a different capacity. Many states require that employers offer injured employees training that will allow them to return to work but in a new position. This allows them to remain active, productive, and valuable to the company. During their training, they will continue to receive their workers' compensation benefits.
Medical Care and Permanent Disability
The last type of workers' comp claim involves long-term medical care as a result of permanent disability. With this type of injury, workers' comp benefits may be needed for the rest of the employee's life. These types of injuries often include paralysis, loss of a limb, or blindness. Many of these injuries are so debilitating that the employee may never be able to work again in any capacity. With this type of injury and the amount of time the employee is off work, the employer will often terminate the employee. This does not, however, stop the payment of their workers' compensation benefits.
After a work-related injury, it may be difficult to determine how much compensation you deserve. This is when hiring a workers' compensation lawyer can prove to be beneficial. At Gaylord & Nantais, every attorney has extensive knowledge and experience in handling workers' comp claims. We can help you identify potential concerns and meet any deadlines that may be in place. Call us today to learn more!
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