Are Dental Injuries Covered Through Workers’ Comp Benefits?
Getting teeth knocked out at work doesn’t happen every day, but when it does happen, injured workers need to know that that their dental injury might be covered under workers’ compensation. In fact, any injury at work should be reported to a superior in case an injured employee chooses to submit it to the company’s workers’ compensation insurance carrier and file a claim for damages.
Damages involving dental injuries related to workplace accidents can include:
Compensation for medical bills. This can include money for an emergency room visit, dental bills, dental surgery, medication, and other doctor’s visits related to the injury.
Compensation for time off of work. This can include money for time away from work and lost wages that occurred as a result of the workplace accident.
Compensation for mileage. This can include money for the mileage for trips to and from dentist and doctor appointments that are related to the workplace injury.
Injured workers who have suffered a tooth injury or dental damage should speak with a workers’ compensation attorney to find out if there are other types of damages they can collect. Because every workplace injury is unique, injured employees may be entitled to more damages than those listed here.
How Can a Dental Injury Affect an Employee?
Dental care can be expensive – whether you have dental insurance or not. Anytime dental surgery and implants are required, dental bills increase. Not only can a dental injury be costly, but it can also cost you your appearance. You might be young and never thought you would have fake teeth until much later in life; however, your two choices after a dental injury might be to have a bridge or dental implant. Sadly, you might end up with one or several fake teeth that you have to live with for the rest of your life.
In addition to the expense and dealing with the reality of the change in your appearance, you may also be dealing with pain and discomfort. Many people who suffer dental injuries sometimes have jaw pain and headaches that can cause a lot of discomfort. When a workplace injury leaves you in pain, it can affect your work, hobbies, relationships and entire life.
For these reasons listed above, it is important that injured workers who experience dental damage seek legal counsel. While not every tooth injury may qualify for workers’ compensation benefits in Florida, a knowledgeable lawyer will be able to review the details of your case and provide you with answers to your questions and insight about the workers’ compensation process.
How an Attorney Can Help
Unfortunately, many employers might downplay dental injuries or allude to the fact that dental injuries aren’t covered benefits; however, anytime you have multiple teeth knocked out, headaches or jaw pain due to a workplace accident, you shouldn’t be left to pay for these damages and your losses.
To learn about recovering benefits under the law following a work accident that causes dental damage, talk with the Law Offices of David Benenfeld at 866-9 HELP NOW or 866-943-5766 in a free consultation with a workers’ comp attorney today.