This blog recently discussed the tragedy that is an on-the-job injury suffered by a worker which can have a significant, and detrimental, impact on the lives of the worker and their families. Unfortunately, the reality is that a workplace injury can leave injured workers with medical bills that are piling up and an inability to work because of their injury or disability.
During periods when injured workers are unable to work because of an injury on the job, workers’ compensation benefits are available to step in. These important benefits can help injured workers and their families with their daily needs so that they can recover and return to work when possible. Injured workers can receive benefits through workers’ compensation including for medical, rehabilitation and therapy expenses and costs; ongoing expenses and costs associated with permanent or temporary disability; lost income; and vocational training if they are forced to switch jobs because of the workplace accident or injury.
Workers’ compensation is a system that employers and businesses pay into that their employees can access when they have been injured or otherwise harmed on the job. Because workers’ compensation claims can be complex, and sometimes the interests of employers may not align with that of injured employees, it is essential for injured workers and their families to be familiar with their workers’ compensation rights and how to enforce them.
At times, injured workers will have to know how to fight for the workers’ compensation benefits they need and should receive. This process begins with them understanding what types of benefits are available to them and how they can help them.