How Much Money Can You Get from a Workers’ Compensation Claim?
If a plaintiff wins a civil lawsuit, the court orders the defendant to pay the plaintiff an amount equivalent to the financial losses the plaintiff suffered because of the defendant’s actions or negligent failure to act. In personal injury lawsuits where the plaintiff suffered a severe or permanent injury, the court sometimes also awards noneconomic damages to the plaintiff; although things like physical and emotional pain do not have a specific dollar value, the idea is that the defendant is compensation the plaintiff for the health and happiness the defendant caused the plaintiff to lose. While workers’ compensation laws are different from those governing most cases related to injuries, they follow the principle that certain losses suffered by the injured employee are the employer’s responsibility. To find out how much you can expect to recover if you file a workers’ compensation claim in connection to your work injury, contact a South Florida workers’ compensation lawyer.
Temporary Disability Benefits
If your work injury requires you to miss work for more than a week, but your doctor anticipates that you will eventually be able to return to your same job after you recover, you can get temporary disability benefits through workers’ compensation.
If your injuries are permanent or your occupational illness is so severe that you will never be able to perform the duties of your previous job again, you can get impairment benefits. These are like temporary disability benefits, in that they are meant to replace your lost income, but they are paid out over a longer period.
Workers’ compensation benefits will pay for medical expenses related to the injury or illness you sustained at work. The burden of proof is on you, the injured employee, to show which medical expenses are directly related to health problems you are suffering because of your work. The standard for determining which medical expenses you can get workers’ compensation benefits to cover is that they must be for “reasonable and necessary” medical treatment.
If your injury is so serious that you will not be able to return to your previous job, workers’ compensation will pay for the education or training required to enable you to enter a different job that your health condition will not prevent you from doing. For example, if you injured your back in a slip and fall accident while working as a nurse in the hospital, you might not be able to handle a job where you have to stand up throughout your shift at work. You might be able to retrain for a job where your educational background will help you, such as being a school nurse or school speech therapist, since these jobs let you sit down more frequently at work.
Reach Out to Us Today for Help
Workers’ compensation benefits will go a long way to helping you regain your health and financial stability after a workplace accident. Contact a Sunrise workers’ compensation lawyer at the Law Offices of David M. Benenfeld for help today.