Workers who are injured don’t miraculously have their bills paid. Instead, they have to figure out how to have an income so they can continue to pay for their needs. Workers’ compensation benefits are often the only way that injured employees can manage while they’re off work. This program provides medical care benefits and partial wage replacement to individuals who suffer a work-related injury or illness.
It is important to note that the wage replacement doesn’t cover your entire paycheck and it isn’t available right away. You have to miss a specific amount of work due to the injury or illness and with your doctor’s instruction in order to qualify for this. We know that this might be a lot to handle right now, but we are here to work with our clients as they learn about how to handle their case.
There are some instances in which workers’ compensation isn’t the appropriate place to turn after a work-related injury. Filing a third-party claim is possible if you were injured because of a defective product or a similar situation. In this case, you might be eligible to receive workers’ compensation while your third-party lawsuit is pending. You may have to repay those benefits, that would be tied into your award if your claim is successful.
We are here to help with either type of case. One thing to remember is that time is of the essence here. You only have limited window to file your claim before it will be considered invalid due to the expiration of the statute of limitations.