3 Misunderstandings About Workers Compensation
You’re injured on the job. Now what? After an accident at work, few people are prepared for the physical and emotional toll it takes on them, mainly because no one ever expects it to happen to them. The time missed from work, the doctors’ visits, and the legal side of it all are not things that anyone wants to deal with. Ideally, you are healthy and back to work in a matter of days. However, sometimes it’s not that easy or simple.
I Try to Go Back to Work, but Have to Miss Time Because of My Injury
Intermittent Lost Time is when you miss time due to a work-related injury. You must have written medical evidence supporting this claim, but workers’ compensation benefits usually apply in a situation like this. If you’re released to light duty, you can still receive benefits. However, you do have to report the additional income. It’s always best to consult with a workers’ comp professional before taking any action or moving forward with any agreements offered by your employer.
I Can Work, but I Don’t Think My Body Will Ever Be the Same
You may be entitled to some sort of partial disability support called Impairment Income Benefits if you have a permanent disability due to an injury or illness that is work-related. Impairment Income Benefits can be paid when you have reached your maximum medical improvement for your injury, but you still have some form of irreparable physical damage. Depending on your impairment rating, you will generally receive some amount of disability compensation. These benefits are determined by your impairment rating, which classifies your degree of permanent disability. A doctor or other health care provider will assign you a rating. Your best option here is to give our office a call to better assist you in this matter and to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve.
I Am Receiving Workers’ Compensation and Got Fired
Usually, most employers will save your job for you after an injury. It’s always best to keep in constant communication with your employer about your status. However, if you finally return back to work and you are terminated for a legitimate reason not related to your injury, then you will not be entitled to any workers’ compensation benefits. At that point, you are no longer earning wages because you were terminated, not because you are too injured to work. If you think you’ve have been terminated or harassed because you filed a workers’ compensation claim, then you need to ask about filing a discrimination claim. Contact us so we can help you determine what course of action to take to ensure you get fair treatment.
Call the Experts
We have a network of specialists that can help you through each step of the workers’ compensation process. We put the health of our patients first and we have several locations across Northeast Texas. For all your workers’ compensation questions or any other health care needs, call us at 1-800-CLINICS for your free consultation.