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Posted in Uncategorized on January 10, 2022
Suffering an injury on the job is never easy. There’s no telling how long you might be out of work, making it difficult to provide for your family. However, if your employer has workers’ compensation insurance, you will receive a portion of your salary for the time you miss work. It won’t be 100 percent of your salary, but it will at least be something coming in while you recover from your work-related injury.
There are four types of workers’ compensation benefits: temporary disability, medical only, fatalities, and permanent disability. Consult with a Phoenix workers’ compensation attorney if you were injured on the job.
The benefits you receive under temporary disability will vary in amount based on the severity of the injury you suffered as well as the duration of the injury. If you are granted temporary total disability, it means that you cannot return to the same job you worked prior to your injury for the same employer. The majority of people who receive these benefits will return to work. However, if they return to work in a different job with a lower salary, they will continue to receive temporary disability benefits.
Workers’ compensation insurance will pay an injured worker 100 percent of their medical bills on top of cash payment for lost time on the job after a waiting period of three to seven days. The majority of workers’ compensation cases do not involve lost time at work longer than the waiting period. If your case does, only the costs for your medical care will be paid by the insurance company.
If your loved one suffers a fatal work injury, workers’ compensation plans will pay death benefits. These benefits often include compensation for the funeral costs, burial costs, and cash benefits paid to the family of the deceased or their dependents. If an employee dies due to a work-related injury or illness has no dependents, only burial and funeral expenses will be paid by workers’ compensation insurance.
Permanent disability benefits are paid by workers’ compensation when an employee reaches maximum medical improvement and still has severe impairments preventing them to work that was caused by work-related injury or illness. Workers can also receive permanent partial disability benefits from workers’ compensation if they suffer an impairment that does not prevent them from working but is still with them after maximum medical improvement.
Under Arizona law, employers are required to purchase workers’ compensation insurance for their employees if the company regularly hires workers as part of its normal practices, no matter how many employees work for the company. This means that insurance must be purchased even if the employee is part-time, full-time, a minor, or a family member. However, workers’ compensation does not have to be purchased for anyone who works as a domestic servant in someone’s home.
Injured on the job in Phoenix? You have a right to file a workers’ compensation claim with your employer. If the claim is denied, you have options to fight for benefits. Do not let your employer tell you otherwise. Call the office of Crossman Law Offices, P.C., at (602) 497-4359 to schedule a consultation with a Phoenix workers’ compensation attorney today.