If you have been injured on the job, you have the right to file for workers’ compensation. This is so you can receive benefits that will help you during your recovery. These benefits include wage-loss, medical, and vocational. You can receive these benefits for an amount of time that is based upon the degree of disability and estimated time of full or partial recovery. Your Mankato workers’ compensation attorney will help you throughout the entire process.
To initiate the process, it is important for you to immediately report the injury to your employer, seek medical attention, and call your attorney. Doing these three things will help strengthen your claim. Although it may seem as if workers’ comp will be easy to obtain, it isn’t always so simple. A majority of applications are turned down the first time and require an appeal in order to secure approval.
Securing Full Compensation
At Harvey & Carpenter, we work to help you recover full compensation. Some injuries are minor and don’t take much time to recover from, while others are more serious and may never result in full recovery. Your attorney will look at the information provided and determine what type of benefit needs to be applied for. This ensures that you receive benefits for as long as you need them. The different types are:
- Temporary Total Disability (TTD) – You can’t work at all, but only for a limited time.
- Temporary Partial Disability (TPD) – You can’t perform some of your work duties for a limited period of time.
- Permanent Total Disability (PTD) – You can’t ever return to work because the injury caused total disability that is permanent.
- Permanent Partial Disability (PPD) – You can return to work. The damage may be permanent, but your ability to work is only partially impaired.
If your work-related injury or illness falls within any of these categories, you are entitled to some kind of disability benefit. The benefit you will receive will be based on how much money you earned before the injury. Usually, the wage-loss benefits are two-thirds the amount previously earned. You don’t pay income tax on this benefit.
If you are the loved one of someone killed on the job, you may be entitled to benefits. Spouses, children, parents and siblings can usually bring a claim if they were financially dependent on the deceased worker. Funeral and burial expenses and loss of support are commonly compensated in death cases.
Help Through The Workers’ Comp Process
There are many facets to the workers’ comp process. With a Mankato workers’ compensation attorney by your side, you can better navigate the steps. Confusion can be cleared up and you will be properly educated so you can make informed decisions that can affect the outcome of your claim.
Contact A Mankato Workers’ Compensation Attorney
When injured at work, it is important to seek out workers’ compensation benefits as soon as possible. You only have so much time to file and doing so soon after the event can be beneficial as well. If you have suffered a work injury and need to file a workers’ comp claim or you need to appeal a denial, Harvey & Carpenter can help you. To learn more, call 507-779-7529 to request a free consultation.