Every accident is a bit different, so the specifics can vary, but workers’ compensation may apply to a lot of related costs.
One thing to note is that workers who are hurt often cannot sue for compensation if they have already decided to take workers’ comp. It’s important to weigh the pros and cons.
That said, workers’ comp typically will make payments for:
The amounts here will vary considerably based on the situation. For instance, the amount paid for lost wages depends how much time the employee misses, if he or she can return in a partial capacity, how much the employee typically earns in hourly wages, etc.
It’s important to keep close track of all costs along the way. Medical bills can mount quickly and documentation may be very useful when claiming compensation or when starting a lawsuit.
Employees and their families must be sure they know all of the legal options they have, what steps they need to take to move forward and what obligations the employer has after the incident.
Source: Findlaw, “Workers’ Comp Benefits Explained,” accessed Nov. 17, 2017
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