If a worker has been injured on the job, and the cause was work-related, the victim is entitled to disability benefits. Disability benefits include payment of medical treatment a portion of the worker’s pay if they are unable to return to work. An injured worker could receive 70% of their average weekly wage while they’re unable to work.
There is a three-day waiting period before an employee’s disability pay will begin. An employee could be eligible for temporary or partial disability benefits, and the payment cannot exceed 104 weeks. In certain cases, the time can be extended for another 52 weeks of benefits. This situation is considered temporary partial disability benefits.
Temporary Total Disability
If an employee is unable to perform their regular work requirements after they’ve been injured on the job due to a work-related injury, they could be eligible for temporary total disability. An employer is not permitted to place this type of employee on light duty. Until the treating physician releases the employee or lifts restrictions, this type of injured worker will remain off of work.
Permanent Partial Disability
After an injured worker has completed their medical treatment and has been released by the treating physician at maximum medical improvement, a worker will be rated at a permanent partial disability. The workers’ compensation doctor recognizes that an employee might have suffered a permanent disability and has certain limitations.
The amount of money an injured worker can receive is contingent upon the seriousness of their injuries. The more serious injuries will receive a higher amount of compensation. An employers’ physician will perform a thorough examination to determine the extent of an employee’s injuries.
Hiring An Attorney
When a worker has been injured on the job, they should consult with a workers’ compensation lawyer about their case. The lawyer has a doctor they will send an injured worker to for an examination. It’s very important for an injured worker to have two physicians review the extent of their injuries and rate the percentage of their permanent partial disability.
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