typewriter with summary of claim documentWhether you hurt your back, cut your finger, suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome, or have even been exposed to toxic chemicals, these workplace injuries and more may qualify you to receive workers’ compensation benefits. Regardless of your injury or your disability, my goal is to make the claims process as quick, smooth, and easy for you as possible. The type and extent of your workplace injury can fall into four different categories of benefits you may be able to receive:

  1. Temporary benefits: Your injury requires recovery time before you can return to work. This is the most common type of workers’ comp benefit.
    • Partial benefits: You can still work in a limited capacity during your recovery time. You may receive temporary partial benefits paid directly to you.
    • Total benefits: You cannot work even in a limited or temporary capacity during your recovery time. You may receive temporary total benefits paid directly to you.
  2. Permanent Impairment benefits: Your injury causes you to become permanently impaired and prevents you from returning to work at any time, in any capacity.
    • You had a major injury that results in amputation, serious vision loss, or facial or head disfigurement, for example, and you cannot return to work. You may receive permanent total benefits paid directly to you.
    • If you were to die, usually within one to five years of your workplace injury, death benefits may be provided to your eligible dependents.
  3. Supplemental benefits: Your injury makes you unable to obtain similar work and wages to what you had before the injury. You may receive supplemental benefits, including educational vouchers to learn new or related skills.
    • These benefits are usually available to an injured worker who cannot find a job that pays an amount equal to their pre-injury wage, or to those who are unable to find a suitable job after they sustained an injury.
  4. Medical treatment/benefits: Your injury requires doctor evaluations, medications, surgery, physical therapy, chiropractic, rehabilitation, or other medical treatments to relieve or cure the injury.
    • These benefits may also cover equipment, such as a wheelchair or a hospital-type bed, to help you deal with your injury, as well as services like counseling, pain therapy, and acupuncture.
    • These medical benefits may also be awarded in conjunction with any of the other benefits listed above.