In almost all workplace injury cases, the worker in question becomes temporarily disabled in some way. Essentially, this means that the worker is physically unable to carry out their job because of the injury. This temporary disability could last a matter of days, weeks or months. The important thing to note is that during the time in which the worker is temporarily disabled, they are losing an income as a result.
If you are a temporarily disabled worker who became injured in the workplace, it is important that you understand the type of compensation that you may be entitled to. Workers’ compensation policies can be quite complex regarding this matter, and this is why it is a good idea to have an experienced attorney explain what you may be entitled to.
If I am a temporarily disabled worker, what salary compensation will I receive when I am unable to work?
When you file for workers’ compensation as a temporarily disabled worker, your average weekly wage will be determined. For the weeks you are unable to work, you will be paid two-thirds of your average weekly wage.
Is it necessary for me to file a workers’ compensation claim?
If you wish to receive temporary disability benefits, it is vital that you file a workers’ compensation claim within 30 days of becoming injured. If you do not, you may lose your right to compensation.
What action should I take first?
The first step you should take is to notify your employer of your injury. After you have done this, they have the responsibility to provide you with a claim form. It is your responsibility to file the claim so that you can gain workers’ compensation benefits.