Workers’ compensation is a program that provides benefits to employees who are injured on the job. In general, you are entitled to these benefits regardless of who was at fault for the accident. However, in exchange for these benefits, you are typically not permitted to sue your employer for damages following the accident.
Workers’ compensation benefits are designed to cover more than just medical bills, and while this may be a large component of the benefits you receive, you may also want to discuss the other compensation you are eligible to receive with your workers compensation lawyer. For example, your benefits may include:
- Rehabilitation. Rehabilitation benefits cover costs for any necessary expenses incurred to help you recover from and cope with your injuries. This type of compensation can also cover the cost of any care and training needed to help you regain the skills and abilities you need to go back to work.
- Disability. The main role of disability benefits is to compensate you for lost wages while you were unable to work due to the injury or illness. These payments may be based on whether or not the injury resulted in a permanent or temporary disability. It will be important to discuss this coverage with your workers compensation lawyer.
- Death. If an injured employee passed away as a result of the accident, those related to the worker may be entitled to death benefits. For example, if your spouse passed away and you were financially dependent on him or her, you may be able to receive compensation.
If you were injured at work, it is essential that you consult with a workers compensation lawyer who is knowledgeable about your rights and can ensure you receive the amount of compensation you deserve to recover from your injuries. At NorthPointe Law Group, we would be glad to assist you. Please contact us today for more information.