If you’ve recently suffered some type of personal injury on the job, you likely have a lot of questions racing through your mind. Luckily, Aiello Law Group is the one place where you can always find fast answers to the questions you’re looking for!
You’ve Been Injured, Now What?
The time immediately following your injury will likely be your most stressful since you’re stuck in a position you’ve never been in before, and you don’t know what to do. However, this is the time when you need to stay calm. All you need to remember to do are simply to make sure you notify your employer that you’ve been injured, and make sure you start the workers. compensation claims process. That’s really it – though the claims process itself is easier said than done.
Do You Qualify For Workers Compensation?
In short, absolutely! So long as you are an employee of a legitimate company and get a W-2, and you have not waived your rights by signing any sort of documents that claim you’re not technically an official employee, you are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits.
What Is Your Employer Responsible For?
As an employee, your employer is responsible for offering you certain benefits to accommodate your injuries. These often include wage loss benefits that equate to 80% of your after-tax earnings with overtimes and bonuses included, any and all medical treatment you need, and vocational rehabilitation to help you return to the workforce faster.
Will/Can Your Employer Hold Your Job?
Because your injury will prevent you from being able to return to your job anytime in the near future, there is no guarantee your job will be waiting for you when you’re better. Employers retain the right to fire, lay off, or adjust responsibilities for employees at any time, including while you’re receiving workers’ compensation. Your best option for avoiding it is simply to maintain good communication with your employer and express your specific concerns and desires.
Can Your Be Forced To Work?
While it may be true that no one can force you to work any position that disregards the restrictions set by your doctor, you will need to accept any “reasonable employment,” such as light duty, offered if you want to hold onto your wage loss benefits. Just keep in mind employers will often use this as an opportunity to make an employee so miserable they just quit and forfeit their benefits instead, so be weary, and don’t be afraid to report any pain your accommodated employment inflicts.
Where Can You Get Help?
Want to make sure you’re not taken advantage of, and that you receive every workers’ compensation benefit you’re entitled to in full? Let our incredible workers compensation attorneys at Aiello Law Group be your greatest advocate at no upfront cost to you! It’s the law. Call us, today, at 313.964.4900 or fill out the form in the sidebar or on our contact page, and learn more about how we can help you.