No one expects to be injured on the job, and it is only natural to feel a great deal of apprehension about your injury and the impact it can have on your health and finances. At Ted A. Greve & Associates, our Augusta workers’ compensation attorneys understand the uncertainty you are likely facing, and the concerns you may have about workers; compensation and the types of benefits you are likely to receive. The following are some of our clients most frequently asked questions:
What should I do if I am injured on the job?
Anytime you suffer a work-related injury, no matter how minor it may seem, report it to your supervisor or employer immediately. Make a mental note of the time and date your injury occurred, and the circumstances under which you were injured. Pay attention to any coworkers who may have witnessed your accident, and make sure you have their names and contact information. Even if your injuries seem minor, get medical attention and follow any instructions given by your doctor.
How long will it take to get my benefits?
Your medical benefits will begin immediately. If you are billed for any portion of your care relating to your work related injury, send the bills to your company’s workers’ compensation insurance claims adjuster. According to the State Workers’ Compensation Board, if you are unable to return to work for more than seven days, you should receive your first check 21 days after your first missed day of work.
How can I calculate my weekly benefits?
Your benefits will generally equal two-thirds of your weekly wage, while not exceeding $550.00 per week.
How long can I continue to receive benefits?
Depending on the nature and severity of your injuries, you may be entitled to receive benefits for up to 400 weeks. There is no time limit on benefits for injuries considered catastrophic.
What If My Injury Results in A Disability?
According to the SWB Employee Guidebook, you may be entitled to the following benefits:
- Temporary Total Disability Benefits: For injuries that temporarily prevent you from returning to work;
- Temporary Partial Disability Benefit: For injuries that do not prevent you from returning to work, but temporarily prevent you from performing all tasks related to your job; or
- Permanent Partial Disability Benefits: For permanent disabilities suffered as the result of an on the job injury.
I was injured on the job, but denied workers’ compensation. Now what?
If your workers’ compensation claim is denied, you have the right to file an appeal with the SWB. A hearing will be held, and an administrative law judge will hear testimony and review evidence pertaining to your case. You have the right to be represented at this hearing by an experienced workers’ compensation attorney.