Workers Compensation is a complicated system and their are a lot of answered questions if you are injured on the job. Each worker has a right to benefits under the workers compensation system. Here are a few questions for you to be aware of.
What do you if you are injured at work?
If you are injured at work, the very first thing that you should do is contact your employer. In order to receive workers compensation, you have to report your incident in a certain amount of time to make sure you are not denied.
Will you still be able to receive workers comp even if the accident was your fault?
The best part about workers comp system is to provide benefits to injured workers without having to prove who was a fault. However, there are certain times when the worker will not receive benefits - such as when an injury is self-inflicted, or if the worker was under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
What kind of benefits can you receive from workers compensation?
If the injury prohibits you from working a certain number of days, you may be eligible for temporary disability benefits, which would give you ⅔ of the regular pay. Your medical treatment payments should be paid for as long as possible and including rehabilitation.
Can you go back to your old job?
We hope that you will be welcomed back with open arms! If you are able to perform the same job after recovering from your injuries, then your employer must give you the next position that they have available. It does not have to be the same exact job, but if you are able to perform the new position, your employer should place you there.
Do you need a lawyer?
We always recommend yes. But take a look at the extent of your injuries and the amount of compensation you should be receiving, and judge your need from there. The more money that is at stake, or if you have a serious injury, please consult with a lawyer! Or, just call the Law Offices of Nicholas J. Del Pizzo today!