Knowing everything there is to know about workers’ compensation is one of those things that seems harder than it is. While knowing the ins and outs of every last detail isn’t required, understanding the answers to some of the top questions on the topic is a good idea to make sure that you are better informed should you have the misfortune to be injured at work. To help you out with this, we’ve pulled together some top questions on workers’ compensation and their answers.
Injured on the job? Here are a few tips to start
When injured on the job, the first thing to do is to determine what your injuries are, regardless of whether or not they seem severe. Upon determining those injuries, consider consulting a lawyer to see whether or not you have a case for workers’ compensation. This will help you determine what options you have, where to start and what you need to do.
How much workers’ compensation will I get?
The amount of workers’ compensation that you get is determined by your job as well as what medical care you need. In most cases, you can quality for weekly compensation while you heal, medical bill coverage, rehabilitation if required, as well as benefits from a permanent impairment due to the injury.
Does fault determine whether or not I’ll receive workers’ compensation?
Even if the injury is your fault and you know that before filing, you are still entitled to file for workers’ compensation because you were injured while on the job. The amount that you receive is generally connected to the traits mentioned above, not on the issue of fault.
Is a lawyer required?
Consulting a workers’ compensation attorney is always a good idea, especially when you file at first. It will help you determine what to say (or not say) to whomever you are in contact with like your company, their insurance broker, work comp doctors and etc.
Can I be fired?
An employer is not able to fire you based on filing a workers’ compensation claim. They are required to hold your job available for you for a certain amount of time, or when it is determined that you can return to work. If you decline or you are unable to return to work, they are able to fire you as a result.
What will I get if I am not a legal citizen of the US?
Even if you are undocumented, you could still be eligible for workers’ compensation. Traditionally, however, this is only if you are injured to the point of being considered “totally disabled”. In any case, as an undocumented non-legal citizen of the US, you should consult with an experienced attorney in workers’ compensation, and likely in immigration, to help you with your needs.
While workers’ compensation can be an overwhelming topic, it doesn’t have to be. With the answers to these questions and a good legal consult who can provide the necessary resources, you will more equipped to face the work injury head on. Valverde & Rowell is here to help with your worker’s compensation and immigration needs should you face either. Contact us at (757) 422-8472 with any questions you may have.