Workers Compensation Benefits

Medical Benefits: Necessary and reasonable medical treatment, prescriptions, and hospital services related to the work injury are paid by the employer’s insurance carrier or directly by the employer if self-insured. The employer and/ or its insurance carrier have the right to designate medical providers for all work-related injuries.

Temporary Total Benefits: If an injured worker is disabled for a period of more than seven days, he or she will be eligible to receive temporary total benefit, retroactive to the first day of lost time. The benefit will be paid at a rate of 70% of the worker’s aver- age weekly wage, not to exceed the statutory maximum rate or fall below the statutory minimum rate established annually by the Commissioner of Labor and Workforce Development. These benefits are provided until the worker has returned to work, has reached maximum medical improvement, or has reached the statutory 400-week maximum.

Permanent Partial Benefits: When a job-related injury or illness results in a permanent bodily impairment, benefits are based on the individual’s functional loss. These benefits are paid weekly and are due after the date temporary disability ends.

Permanent Total Benefits: When a work injury or illness prevents a worker from return- ing to any type of gainful employment, he or she may be entitled to receive permanent total disability benefits. These weekly benefits are provided initially for a period of 450 weeks. Benefits continue beyond the initial 450 weeks provided that the injured worker is able to show that he or she remains totally disabled. The benefits are paid weekly and are based upon 70% of the average weekly wage, not to exceed the statutory maximum or fall below the statutory minimum.

Death Benefits: Dependents of a worker who dies as a result of a work-related injury or illness may be eligible to receive death benefits and funeral expenses up to $3,500. The weekly benefits are 70% of the wage of the deceased worker, not to exceed the statutory maximum.