At Franks, Koenig & Neuwelt, a Work Related Injury Lawyer Palm Beach employees trust can provide guidance as you deal with a workplace injury. Depending on your field and the circumstances of the work accident, you may be entitled to receiving benefits under a workers compensation program. We can help you take the steps towards getting these benefits, in addition to protecting your best interests until you have completely healed. If you were recently in a work accident and need legal support, please contact our law firm immediately.
First Steps After a Work Injury
You must let your supervisor know about the injury accident after it happens. The requirements for reporting vary based on state. In general, failing to report an injury within a certain time frame may cause you to lose your right to pursue a workers compensation claim. After your employer knows about what happened, they are required by law to see to it that you get medical attention if needed. Furthermore, an employer must notify their carrier for insurance and file a claim to the workers compensation state board.
As a Palm Beach Work Related Injury Lawyer has told clients in the past, it is imperative that you get medical attention after a serious accident. There are a few reasons for this, and the first one being that it starts a paper trail for your claim. Secondly, it can provide valuable evidence in the event that your employer tries to deny or minimize your claim. And thirdly, but most importantly, if you do have a serious injury that requires medical care, you get the treatment you need promptly.
Benefits You May Be Entitled To
The purpose of workers compensation is to cover medical costs necessary to diagnose and treat an injured worker. The extent of this coverage includes doctor appointments, bloodwork, tests, prescriptions, and medical equipment. Workers may be entitled to rehabilitation benefits if they are deemed unable to return to their job because of the injury. Workers comp benefits provide compensation for employees who have lost wages while at home recovering, and this amount is often about two-thirds of the worker’s weekly wage.
There are four different types of disability benefits, which have been briefly listed as follows:
- Temporary Partial Disability: Employees who are able to return to work but only perform lighter duties may receive temporary partial disability until they can return to the same responsibilities.
- Temporary Total Disability: Employees may be given benefits for temporary total disability if they are completely off work for a limited period of time.
- Permanent Partial Disability: Employees who have a partial or complete loss of a body function/part that impacts their ability to work, may receive compensation under permanent partial disability benefits.
- Permanent Total Disability: Employees who were permanently and completely disabled and unable to return back to work may be eligible for both permanent total disability and social security disability payments.
If you are in need of a compassionate yet strategic lawyer after a workplace injury accident, please call the law office of Franks, Koenig & Neuwelt for a free consultation with a Palm Beach Lawyer for Work Related Injury cases.