Workers’ compensation benefits are issued to a worker after a workplace injury, as you probably already know. So, if you have been injured in the workplace, you may have already started the process of filing for these benefits that will give you relief in your time of need. There are many uses for workers’ compensation benefits, such as the following:
- Medical Care: Workers’ compensation will often cover the cost of most if not all of your medical costs associated with the accident. These include surgeries, hospital stays, doctor’s visits, treatment, medication, and medical equipment such as wheelchairs and crutches. However, all treatment must be related to your workplace injury.
- Disability Benefits: There are many types of disability benefits you may be able to receive, such as temporary total, temporary partial, permanent total, and permanent partial. This is based on what you earned before the injury and many other factors.
- Rehabilitation Benefits: These benefits pay for therapeutic care, such as physical therapy. They help you make a full recovery from your injury or illness. These benefits also cover you if you need special training to return to work.
What About Special Equipment?
As you already know, we have previously mentioned that worker’s compensation benefits will typically cover your medical equipment like wheelchairs and crutches if you have sustained a serious injury. But what happens if you require special equipment in long-term, such as a wheelchair accessible van to help you get to work? If you have been run over on the job by a large piece of machinery or some other accident that put you in a position where you will be unable to walk, an appliance like this and many others may be useful for you.
However, in these cases, the best thing that you can do is speak to your attorney because determining what an “appliance” is will depend on the laws of the state in many cases. When your workers’ compensation is issued, it will include what is necessary, so it is vital to speak to your attorney as soon as possible. You may be surprised to find out what it will cover. Call us today at Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi for more!