If you are a healthcare worker who was hurt doing your job, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. In most cases, workers’ compensation covers:
- Medical treatment, which includes doctor or hospital visits, diagnostic testing, surgery, medication, medical devices and prosthetics, therapies, and other costs incurred.
- Lost wages and compensation for permanent injuries.
- Death benefits, which include some funeral expenses and a percentage of weekly compensation to surviving dependents
Workers’ compensation benefits are separate benefits that you are entitled to receive because you were injured at work. Even if you are no longer working at the hospital or healthcare facility, you may be entitled to benefits. Workers’ compensation should not be confused with unemployment compensation, Social Security disability benefits, health and accident insurance, or other disability benefit plans provided by your employer. You may face challenges to getting paid for your work comp claim. However, an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer by your side can help you navigate the process and advocate for your rights.
There are specific guidelines to determine if an injury is compensable as well as procedures an injured employee must follow. The insurance companies know these rules and may try to trick you – the injured employee – into making critical errors in your case. In addition, if an employer has workers’ comp insurance, it typically means that you, the injured employee, can’t get any other compensation from the employer except those benefits allowed under workers’ compensation law.
The experienced workers’ compensation lawyers at Watson & Carroll P.C., L.L.O., will stop at nothing to secure your right to benefits so you can pay bills, support your family, and recover from your injury. That way, you can focus on healing, resting, and getting back to work.
Our founder is a licensed registered nurse and attorney who worked in the healthcare industry for more than 20 years, starting as a medic in the United States Air Force. He is intimately familiar with the types of injuries that can happen to healthcare workers who are helping others heal.
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