If you get hurt on the job, you might face significant injuries. You also might have to take time off work during your recovery. Therefore, even as you encounter medical bills and recovery costs, you might also not be able to keep your paycheck. That could make your financial losses all the more compounded. Can a workers’ compensation claim help you recover lost income?
In many cases, workers’ compensation policies can assist with lost income. However, there are limits to how much assistance you can receive. There are also limits on how long you can receive benefits, though sometimes permanent wage replacement is possible.
Understanding Workers’ Compensation
No one goes to work expecting to get hurt. However, even in jobs that seem very low-risk, someone could still get hurt.\
· Injuries could occur when an employee operates machinery.
· Employees could sustain repetitive motion injuries over years of doing the same tasks.
· If employees work with potentially-toxic materials, they could face chronic injury.
· Even if an employee takes a break, and gets hurt in the bathroom or lunchroom, they might suffer severe consequences.
· When driving for work, employees could get hurt in commercial vehicle wrecks.
In situations like these, employees might have a right to claim workers’ compensation. This is a type of insurance benefit that businesses can use to compensate those injured on the job. Many states require businesses to carry this coverage because it will help protect the best interest of employees.
Using coverage, employees might therefore have assistance available in recovery. From the workers’ compensation policy, they can receive benefits that help them in their recovery. Therefore, their own financial solvency will remain secure. Not only that, the business won’t have to suffer unfair losses, and could potentially avoid employee lawsuits by offering workers’ comp benefits.
Many employees and business owners assume that workers’ compensation only covers the medical bills of the employees. That it does. However, policies can also provide income supplements to help employees in case their paychecks stop during their recovery.
Understanding Income Replacement Options
The idea behind workers’ compensation income replacement is a simple one.
· An injured employee might not be able to work. Therefore, they might not be able to receive their paycheck until they return to work.
· Even if an employee can still work, they might only be able to work in a reduced capacity. That could impact their stream of income.
· Should an injury permanently disable the employee, they might have no way to return to their previous jobs. They might not even be able to work at all.
As a result, the person’s lifestyle and personal solvency might start to suffer. The workers’ compensation benefit of income replacement could help them out in these cases. Payments can make sure that the employee receives at least a part of their previous income.
How much money clients can receive, and how long they can receive benefits, will vary based on multiple factors. In general, workers’ comp income replacement can offer three types of assistance.
· Temporary disability benefits pay a set amount of money over a set period of time. The injured party might qualify for these benefits both if they cannot work, or if they can still work during their recovery.
· Permanent disability payments can kick in when the employee sustains a debilitating injury. Therefore, they might not be able to work. However, the employee might have to face ongoing medical monitoring to determine if they still can receive payments.
·Job displacement benefits can assist employees if they can no longer do their previous jobs, but can still work. This coverage can help the employee pay for new job training and other costs to get new employment.
However, you can’t just assume that your workers’ compensation policy will provide all of these benefits. Nor can you assume that you will be able to recover your entire lost paycheck, despite receiving benefits.\
Regulations When Receiving Workers’ Comp Income Support
When you apply for workers’ compensation, you will have to work within the confines of your policy. States tightly regulate their workers’ compensation systems. Therefore, how you qualify for income replacement benefits might vary.
· In most cases, you will not recover 100% of your lost paycheck. Some workers’ compensation policies will cover only a fraction of the total paycheck cost. Others will only offer you a maximum amount per pay period.
· The exact amount of disability benefits you receive might vary based on the severity of the injury you receive.
· To qualify for any type of income replacement, you might have to miss a minimum amount of work. For example, you might have to miss at least 21 days of work before you can receive benefits.
· Once you return to work, even if only part-time, your existing benefits might change.
· Depending on different regulations, you might be able to receive other types of disability benefits, such as Social Security Disability Income (SSDI). You might also have other options to pursue for more income assistance.
If you get hurt at work, you should immediately report the accident to your employer. They can then explain to you the way to file for workers’ compensation. You will then work with your state workers’ compensation board to manage the process.
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