Workers’ Compensation Benefits
If you have been hurt while on the job, there are a number of benefits that may be available to you through the workers’ compensation system. These include:
- Medical treatment: You will receive medical treatment necessary to cure your injury or to relieve the injury’s negative effects. This treatment will continue either until you have fully recovered or until you have reached the point of maximum possible recovery.
- Temporary disability benefits: If your injuries require you to leave the workplace, you will receive two-thirds of your average weekly wage throughout your recovery time. These temporary benefits will last a maximum of two years in most cases.
- Permanent disability benefits: Once you have reached the point of maximum medical recovery, your doctor will assess your condition and determine whether you have suffered any permanent limitations. You will then be entitled to a certain amount of compensation which will be paid over time or in a lump sum if such an agreement can be reached; the amount received depends on the type and severity of your disability, your age and your occupation.
- Supplemental job displacement voucher: If you have suffered a serious injury, you may be unable to return to work in your chosen profession. In this case, you may be given a voucher that can be used to pay for training in a new career. For injuries after 1/1/13, this voucher is valued at $6,000.
- Return-to-Work Supplement Program: Injured workers who receive a Supplemental Job Displacement Voucher will also receive a supplemental payment from the state of California (upon application). The amount may vary but is presently $5,000.
Get The Medical Treatment You Deserve To Recover
At Butler Viadro, LLP, we make it our mission to ensure that you receive the proper workers’ compensation benefits for your injuries. Whether we are helping you get the medical treatment you deserve or negotiating for the maximum possible disability benefits, our lawyers will protect your rights and interests throughout the entire workers’ compensation claims process. Access to medical treatment can be especially challenging under the current workers’ compensation laws. The workers’ compensation carrier has to authorize every aspect of care which your doctor prescribes. If the carrier denies the requested treatment, it is important to have an attorney to appeal that denial in the most effective way.
To contact our Oakland, California, workers’ compensation injury law firm, call us at 510-907-9577 or 888-353-2158 toll-free or fill out our online form. Consultations regarding your work injury are free and confidential.