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What is my workers’ compensation case worth?

Thursday, September 5th, 2013

Permanent Disability Benefits – Examples
The following are only examples. They apply to workers who earned more than $435 per
week before injury, and whose employer has fewer than 50 employees. The examples are not
adjusted for age, occupation, or other factors causing disability (“apportionment“).
Disability Injury in 2005-12 Injury in 2013 Injury in 2014
Total loss of vision in one eye,
normal vision in other eye
$19,665.00 (total) $27,312.50 (total) $34,437.50 (total)
Amputation of index finger at
middle joint
$6,210.00 (total) $7,877.50 (total) $9,932.50 (total Read More

Things to know about Workers Compensation

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

Medical care must be paid for by your employer if you get hurt on the job – whether or
not you miss time from work.
– You may be eligible to receive benefits even if you are a temporary or part-time
– You may be covered by workers’ compensation as an employee even if you are
called an “independent contractor.”
– You don’t have to be a legal resident of the United States to receive most workers’
compensation benefits.
– You usually receive benefits no matter who was at fault for your job injury.
– You can’t sue your employer for a job injury in superior court (in most cases).
– It’s illegal for your employer to punish or fire you for having a job injury or for
requesting workers’ compensation benefits when you believe your injury was caused
by your job. Read More

What should I do if I get hurt at work or develop a work-related medical problem?

Friday, August 16th, 2013

– Report the injury or illness to your employer. Make sure your supervisor or someone
else in management knows as soon as possible. If your injury or illness developed
gradually (like tendinitis or hearing loss), report it as soon as you learn or believe it was
caused by your job. Reporting promptly helps avoid problems and delays in receiving
benefits, including medical care. If your employer does not learn about your injury within
30 days, you could lose your right to receive workers’ compensation benefits.
– Get emergency treatment if needed. If it’s an emergency, call 911 or go to an
emergency room right away. Your employer must make sure that you have access to
emergency treatment right away, and may tell you where to go for treatment. Tell the
medical staff that your injury or illness is job-related. Read More

Can my regular doctor treat me if I get hurt on the job?

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

It depends on whether you tell your employer in writing — before you are injured — the name
and address of your personal physician or a medical group. This is called “predesignating.” If
you predesignate, you may see your personal physician or the medical group right after you
are injured.

Can all workers predesignate? Read More

What kind of benefits are available to injured workers?

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

They can include:
Medical Care. Paid for by your employer, to help you recover from an injury or illness
caused by work.
Temporary Disability Benefits. Payments if you lose wages because your injury prevents
you from doing your usual job while recovering.
Permanent Disability Benefits. Payments if you don’t recover completely.
Supplemental Job Displacement Benefit.If you were injured in 2004 or later, a voucher to
help pay for retraining or skill enhancement if you don’t recover completely, your employer
doesn’t offer you work, and you don’t return to work for your employer.
Death Benefits. Payments to your spouse, children, or other dependents if you die from a job
injury or illness. Read More

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