What Are the Types of Workers Compensation Benefits? Pt. 2

As workers comp attorneys working in Atlanta and the surrounding areas, The Law Offices of Darwin F. Johnson strive to educate the public about compensation benefits workers are eligible for should they suffer an occupational injury or illness. In our last blog, we explored medical coverage and managed care features. Now, let’s take a look at disability, rehabilitation, and death benefits for workers injured on the job.

Disability

Disability benefits intend to replace a portion of the wages an employee loses while he or she is disabled due to a work-related injury. While we can provide employees with a work injury lawyer in Atlanta to help build their cases, each disability falls into one of four categories:

  • Temporary Total. The employee is completely disabled by the injury and is unable to work for a limited period.
  • Temporary Partial. The worker receives a partial disability by a short-term injury but can work part-time.
  • Permanent Partial. The worker has sustained a permanent injury, which prevents them from earning as much income as they made before the injury.
  • Permanent Total. The worker suffers a permanent injury and cannot earn future income performing the same type of work.

Compensation that an injured worker receives for disability depends on how much they earned before injury or illness occurred, although compensation typically caps at two-thirds of a worker’s wages.

Rehabilitation

Vocational rehabilitation helps a worker return to work as soon as possible, to a job compatible with the work restrictions provided by a physician, with pay as close as possible to pre-injury wages. Severe injuries may require rehabilitative services such as physical therapy that help you recover and regain the skills necessary to perform your job. If a worker is unable to carry out their job’s duties after a work-related injury or illness, rehabilitation benefits may cover some costs of evaluations, tuition, training, and other expenses required for a worker to assume another position. For more information about rehabilitation, consult one of our workers’ compensation lawyers in Atlanta and the surrounding areas.

Death

If a worker dies because of an occupational injury, death benefits are paid to the worker’s spouse, minor children, and other dependents. Funeral and burial expenses may also be covered. If there are no eligible dependents, most states require that the benefits go to the deceased’s estate. An experienced workers’ compensation lawyer in Atlanta can help allocate benefits appropriately should you classify as a dependent of a deceased worker.

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If you want to schedule a consultation with a first-rate workman comp attorney in Atlanta and the surrounding areas, contact The Offices of Darwin F. Johnson today.