What Benefits Are Available If I Cannot Go Back To The Work I did Before Because Of My Injury?
On Behalf of Rosenthal, Levy, Simon & Sosa | August 4, 2022 | Workers' Compensation
If you have had a severe workplace accident that has resulted in you sustaining injuries, you might be wondering what benefits you could be entitled to if you can’t return to your previous work. Unfortunately, this is a common question because there are millions of workplace injuries yearly.
About 2.7 million people suffered injuries at work in a recent year, so, unsurprisingly, many want to know how they can financially survive while trying to recover. Fortunately, there are benefits you could claim if you have incurred injuries and are unable to perform the same duties in the same position you held prior to your accident.
Yet, the benefits you’re eligible for will largely depend on the circumstances of your case. Since these benefits can be difficult to navigate, it might be in your best interest to speak with a West Palm Beach workers' compensation lawyer. The attorneys at Rosenthal, Levy Simon & Sosa have extensive experience in helping injured workers receive the benefits they deserve. So, continue reading to learn more about what you could be eligible for.
What Are Three Benefits You Could Be Eligible For If You Cannot Go Back To The Work You Did Before Your Work Accident?
Before we look at the various benefits you could be eligible for, we want you to note that you cannot receive benefits if your injury was self-inflicted or intentional. Additionally, if you violated the law or were under the influence of illegal drugs, you will not be eligible for benefits.
Moreover, as soon as you have been injured, you must report it to your employer. If you fail to do so, you will stall the claims process, which could lead to your benefits claim being delayed or denied. Unfortunately, even if you get your claim in on time, your employer or insurance could still deny it. If this is the case, you can speak with us, and we will help you file a claim petition with the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation.
Temporary Disability Benefits
If you are temporarily unable to go back to the work you did before because of your injuries, you can apply for temporary disability benefits. With temporary disability benefits, you will receive partial compensation for lost wages at a rate usually two-thirds of your normal weekly gross salary. This benefit will be paid out every two weeks and is active within a few weeks of your doctor stating that you can temporarily not complete your normal work duties.
Permanent Disability Benefits
Should you never be able to do the job you once did (or never be able to work again) because of the injuries you sustained in a workplace accident, you can file a claim for permanent disability benefits. In most cases, permanent disability will apply to you if you can never compete again in the open labor market amongst uninjured workers.
The total amount and rate at which you will receive permanent disability benefits depend on how severe your permanent injuries are and how much they affect your ability to complete activities.
Additionally, when deciding if you are qualified to receive permanent disabilities, your occupation, age, and how much you earned at the time of your injury will be considered. Usually, permanent disability benefits can amount to tens of thousands of dollars depending on your case particulars.
Vocational Rehabilitation Benefits
If your injuries prevent you from returning to your former job, you could be eligible for vocational rehabilitation benefits. This benefit will provide you with assistance in getting another job that is better suited to your current physical limitations.
In addition, during vocational rehabilitation, you will likely receive a partial salary similar to what you would receive with the temporary disability benefit. However, you should note that the vocational rehabilitation benefit typically has a maximum monetary threshold and could be replaced by different or modified work from your current employer.
Speak With A West Palm Beach Workers’ Compensation Lawyer Today To Discuss Your Claim
These are only three benefits you could be eligible for if you have been injured at work. A West Palm Beach workers' compensation attorney from the Rosenthal, Levy Simon & Sosa law firm can help you navigate the various benefits to ensure you get the compensation you need to remain financially stable while you recover or learn to adjust. You can contact us here for an obligation-free consultation.