You are entitled to benefits if you have suffered an injury at work and it does not matter if the injury is a specific injury, cumulative trauma injury or harmful exposure injury. Specific Injuries are the most straight forward injuries and can be traced to a single incident that happened such as a fall, a lifting of a box, or an auto accident. Cumulative Injuries sometimes develop over time and are caused by repetitive motions or heavy labor that eventually develops into pain. Harmful Exposure Injuries tend to be one where someone was exposed to harmful chemicals, fumes, and/or liquids. As long as the injuries were arising under or in the course of employment you are enabled to receive certain benefits.These benefits include Medical Treatment, Reimbursement for Mileage, Temporary Disability Payments, Permanent Disability Payments, and Supplemental Job Displacement Vouchers.
Medical Treatment and Related Costs: You are entitled to medical treatment, at no cost to you, to cure and relieve the effects of your work-related injury. By law, you are entitled to $10,000.00 worth of medical treatment for the first 90 days after filing your claim or until the insurance company denies your claim (whichever comes first). If the insurance company accepts your workers compensation claim, you will continue to receive medical treatment at no cost to you.
Reimbursement for mileage costs going to and coming from your medical appointments. However, you are not entitled to reimbursement for mileage for attending court hearings or going to the insurance company’s office.
Temporary Disability Payments: You are entitled to receive monetary payments for the time you are taking off work due to your injury. This amount is only two-thirds of your average weekly wage prior to your injury. It’s not meant to replace your income, but only enough for you to get by while recovering from your injury.
Permanent Disability Payments: If your injury causes permanent disability to any part of your body and impacts your ability to participate in the job market in the future, you may receive a set dollar amount as compensation. How much you receive depends on the nature of your injury, the body part, your age, your occupation and other work restrictions. If you’re more than 70% disabled, you may also receive a small pension for the rest of your life.
Supplemental Job Displacement: If you were injured in 2004 or later and your employer does not offer you modified or alternative work after you have recovered from your injury, you may be entitled to a voucher for education-related retraining and skill enhancement at a state-approved or accredited school.
Death Benefits: If you are the dependent of a worker who died as a result of an industrial injury, you may have the right to recover certain benefits, including burial expenses and a sum of money.
If you believe you are not getting some of the benefits you deserve or you have any questions please feel free to contact the attorneys at Nordanyan Law.