After an injury on the job, workers often want to know what kind of benefits
they may be eligible to receive. Every case is unique, but there are a
few common benefits that could apply to you.
Potential Workers’ Comp Benefits:
Medical Benefits- Your company’s workers’ compensation insurance carrier will
pay for authorized medical treatment which includes the following: doctor
bills, hospital bills, medications, physical therapy, medical supplies
and travel expenses.
Weekly Income Benefits- If you are unable to work for more than 7 days due to your injury, you
are entitled to weekly income benefits in the amount of two-thirds of
your average weekly pay up to $525.00 per week. You should receive your
first check within 21 days after the first day you missed work.
Help getting a new job- If you have sustained a catastrophic injury that prevents you from returning
to your previous occupation, you may be eligible for vocational rehabilitation
to prepare you for a new job.
Benefits for dependents- In the case of a fatal accident at work, the employee’s dependents
are eligible to receive two-thirds of his/her average weekly pay up to
$525.00 per week. Dependents are generally considered to be the surviving
spouse, children and/or dependent stepchildren.
Report an injury to your employer immediately
You are only eligible for workers’ compensation benefits if you report
your injuries within 30 days of the accident. Depending on the details
of your accident, other causes of action may exist so it is important
to speak with an attorney.