How Long Can Injured Employees Collect Workers’ Compensation Benefits?June 28, 2019
Depending on the type of work you do, and the environment where you work, you may be exposed to a range of hazards that can cause injuries ranging from minor muscle strains to traumatic brain injuries. For example, a construction worker is more likely to be seriously injured on the job compared to someone who works in an office. Workers’ Compensation benefits can provide financial relief for medical expenses, lost wages, vocational rehabilitation, and other costs associated with the injury. An experienced Workers’ Compensation lawyer can thoroughly explain the benefits you are entitled to receive and how long you can expect to receive them.
Types of Benefits
Any worker who suffers an injury while on the job is eligible for Workers’ Compensation benefits, unless the injured worker is a contractor or an individual who is not an official employee of the company. Whether the individual suffered a physical injury or developed an occupational illness after being exposed to toxic substances, Workers’ Compensation benefits provide the following:
- Medical benefits, including hospitalization costs, surgeries, medication, and any tests required to diagnose and treat an injury
- Lost wages resulting from missed days at work
- Temporary disability
- Permanent disability
- Death benefits for the deceased worker’s surviving family members
Unlike a personal injury lawsuit, an injured worker cannot collect Workers’ Compensation benefits for pain and suffering. They may only recover wage-loss benefits and medical expenses that are related to the injury. If the injured worker wants to collect additional pain and suffering damages, they would have to file a personal injury lawsuit.
Duration of Benefits
The first thing the injured worker needs to do is notify their employer about the injury and file a Workers’ Compensation claim as soon as possible. Once the claim is approved, the injured worker will be able to collect benefits until they recover from the injury. The more severe the injury, the longer the worker will collect benefits. In some cases, the worker’s condition may never fully improve, in which case their lawyer may recommend a lump sum settlement.
Baltimore Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Help Injured Workers Navigate the Claims Process
If you or a loved one has been injured at work, you are urged to contact the Baltimore Workers’ Compensation lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton as soon as possible. We will walk you through every step of the claims process and address all your questions and concerns. We will ensure that you receive the maximum financial benefits that you deserve based on the nature of your injury. To schedule a free, confidential consultation, call us today at 844-556-4LAW (4529) or contact us online. Located in Baltimore, we serve clients throughout Maryland.