Workers’ compensation benefits are vital benefits for injured workers and their families to help them as they struggle to get back on their feet while suffering an occupational illness or from a workplace injury. Workers’ compensation benefits are available to protect injured workers from medical expenses and lost wages when they have been injured on-the-job.
Specifically, workers’ compensation benefits can help with medical care that is required as a result of the workplace injury or occupational illness; replacement income for wages that are lost while the injured worker is unable to work because of the workplace injury or occupational illness they are suffering from; costs of retraining or vocational rehabilitation if the injured worker is unable to return to the same type of work they were able to perform prior to suffering the workplace injury or occupational illness; and compensation for any permanent injuries the worker has sustained.
In addition, an important protection is available for surviving family members of workers killed in a fatal workplace accident. Surviving family members may be able to recover compensation including death benefits to help with the financial challenges they may likely face following the loss of a loved one in a fatal workplace accident. Workers’ compensation benefits are available for workplace injuries, occupational illnesses and in circumstances of fatal accidents.
Workers’ compensation benefits are an important way for injured workers to ensure their families are cared for while they recover from a workplace accident or following a fatal workplace accident. Because of this, injured workers and their families should have a thorough understanding of workers’ compensation benefits and how to obtain them.