Workers' compensation benefits can be a vital lifeline for workers unable to work while they recover from a workplace injury or illness. It is essential for workers to be familiar with the types of benefits that are available to them when they have suffered harm in a workplace accident or are suffering from an occupational illness.
Workers' compensation benefits are an important protection for workers. Benefits for different categories of disabilities may also be available. In addition, benefits may be available for surviving family members of a worker killed in a workplace accident and include benefits for funeral expenses.
Injured workers suffering from temporary total disability who are unable to work may be able to obtain benefits for lost wages in addition to medical benefits. If an injured worker is able to engage in light or modified duties, they may still receive temporary partial disability benefits if they are receiving less than full pay at their new assignment. Additionally, benefits for permanent partial disability, meaning the worker cannot do the work they did previously, or permanent total disability, meaning the worker can no longer do any work, may also be available.
Suffering an injury at work can be a huge disruption in the lives of injured workers and their families. As a result, it is important for injured workers to be familiar with the benefits available to them and how to access those benefits. If a worker is thinking of filing a workers' compensation claim, it may be beneficial for them to contact an attorney to help with the process.