As the victim of a workplace injury, you may wonder whether you’ll receive lost wages as a part of your workers’ compensation claim. The good news is, many injured employees do receive lost wages, so it is a possibility. However, receiving lost wages isn’t a forgone conclusion for every case. If you’re worried you won’t get paid your wages during the time you’re recovering from a workplace injury, know that an experienced work injury attorney West Palm Beach residents trust can help to clarify your situation. The experienced team at Franks, Koenig, & Neuwelt can talk to you about some of the following typical types of benefits for injured employees and whether you can expect to receive any of these benefits as a result of your unique situation.
Temporary Total Disability
In many workers’ compensation cases, the injured employee is only out of work for a short period of time, and is able to go back to work after recovering. Compensation for lost wages during this time is known as temporary total disability. This means someone is totally disabled, or unable to perform his or her work duties, but only temporarily.
Compensation for this will vary based on the state in which you live and work, though most states offer injured employees 66.66% of their wages at the time the injury occurred. If you receive these benefits, you are more than likely going to receive a check twice each month. To learn about Florida’s specific laws, connect with a West Palm Beach work injury attorney today.
Temporary Partial Disability
Other workers’ compensation cases involve individuals who have been temporarily and partially disabled. This might mean the injured person is able to work following the injury without a significant recovery period, but has to take on a different position because he or she cannot physically or mentally do the original job because of the injury. In such a case, the employer would be required to pay a calculated difference between the original wages and the wage now being earned, if applicable.
Permanent Total Disability
When someone is permanently unable to work for the rest of his or her life because of a workplace injury, he or she may be entitled to a permanent total disability pension. This means the injured person would receive a percentage of the wages he or she was making at the time the injury occurred. The amount received is often less than the original wage, but the benefit continues to pay out for the duration of the individual’s life. In some cases, even a surviving spouse receives these benefits after the injured worker’s death. If you have lost your spouse as a result of a workplace injury, our team of West Palm Beach work injury attorney professionals can advise you of your options.
Getting a Lawyer Involved
Any time you are injured at work, it helps to have a West Palm Beach work injury attorney involved. Whether you’re worried about receiving what you are entitled to, or simply don’t know what that should be, contact our firm to learn more and to get started with your case.