After a workplace injury, you may have questions about how workers’ compensation will help you. How long will your injuries keep you away from work? Will your benefits last until you are able to return to work? If you cannot return to work, how long will you be able to rely on your workers’ compensation benefits?
Your benefits will depend on the specifics of your injury.
Every worker is unique, and the impact of their workplace injury can vary. You may require The amount of time your benefits will last depends on several factors, including:
- The type of injury you have suffered
- Whether you can return to your work after a period of rehabilitation
- Whether your injury allows you to work with specific physical restrictions
These factors will determine whether you are eligible for temporary or permanent disability benefits and whether that disability is considered total or partial.
How long will you have to recover from temporary disability?
A temporary disability is one from which you may recover after rehabilitation. Workers who have suffered an injury that leaves them totally unable to work until they have healed can receive payments to offset lost wages for up to 130 weeks.
Workers who experience a temporary partial disability, on the other hand, are still able to work, but their injuries limit their ability to earn a full wage. They may be able to do only some of their previous job duties, or they may have specific physical restrictions placed on them. These workers can receive benefits for up to 225 weeks.
What happens when an injury has permanent effects?
After a severe injury, some workers are left unable to return to work. These benefits can last significantly longer than temporary benefits.
Permanent partial disability benefits—benefits after a body part that is injured leaving a worker partially impaired—can be paid as a lump sum, but they could also be paid over time. Working with an attorney is an important step to take when considering which options are available to you and which will best meet your needs long-term.
Permanent total disability – benefits received if you are unable to work at all after your injuries—will last until you reach retirement the age of 67 unless you can make a compelling case that you would have retired at a later age. It is also important to know that permanent total disability benefits can be reduced after the amount paid reaches a total of $25000.
No matter what type of injury you have suffered, it can be essential to speak with a lawyer. An experienced workers’ compensation attorney can help you explore the options available to you, ensure that the full impact of your injuries is documented and ensure that you have the support that you need to protect yourself and your family now and for years to come.