The United States Department of Labors Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that, in 2011, approximately 3 million nonfatal workplace injuries took place, equaling 3.5 injuries per every 100 workers.
While an injury as uncomplicated as a twisted ankle can constitute a workplace injury, the bureau noted that half of those 3 million incidences were of a serious nature, resulting in multiple days away from work, a job transfer, or a restriction of normal duties.
Of course, some occupations are more inherently dangerous than others, but even a desk job poses risks to employees.
Some of the most common types of workplace injuries include accidents or workplace hazards, such as head or neck injuries from falling objects or slip-and-fall incidents; broken bones; strains or sprains; carpal tunnel; and burns from chemicals used in the workplace.
If you or your loved one has been the victim of a workplace injury, you may be eligible to file a workers compensation claim. Fill out the Free Case Review form on the right side of the page its 100% FREE and without obligation.
Types of Medical Benefits Available
In the event that a workplace injury occurs, employees have the right to medical benefits covered by the employers workers compensation plan. The types of medical benefits available depend on the incident, but the employee is entitled to a variety of resources that can help assist in the process of overcoming their injury.
Some of the most typical medical benefits available from workers compensation plans include:
- Coverage of medical expenses
- Physical therapy or rehabilitation from the injury
- Lost wages from time away from work
- Retraining expenses
- and others.
Some workplace injuries, such as those resulting in recurring illness or incapacitation, are considered long-term issues, and the employee incurring the injury may be eligible for workers compensation coverage over a period of years or in a lump sum.
The process of receiving long-term workers compensation benefits can be lengthy and complicated, so it is important to report any suspicions of the effects of workplace injuries to your employer as soon as possible, and seek legal counsel in filing a workers compensation claim.
What workers compensation does not cover, though, is the pain and suffering that the victims of workplace injuries must endure following an accident at their job. Victims may have to relearn simple tasks or overcome mentally defeating challenges, and these intangible hardships can cause them undue anguish.
Following a workplace injury, it is important to seek the proper medical care and to document the exact circumstances under which the injury or accident occurred. Doing so will only make your or your loved ones workers compensation claim easier to prove, as it will clearly define the responsibility of the employer in reporting the situation and providing the much-needed medical benefits for the victim and their families.
The benefits or payments that an employee may receive from workers compensation are tax-free, however insurance companies do place a restriction on the maximum disbursement allowed to the victim.
Has a workplace injury affected you or a loved one? Regardless of the incident, it is wise to seek legal representation and understand your rights.
Contact our Arizona Medical Benefit Attorneys Today
As one of Arizonas largest consumer law firms, the skilled attorneys at Phillips Law Group have the resources and the desire to help the victims of workplace injuries receive the maximum benefits due to them for their physical, mental and emotional pain and suffering.
Our experienced and dependable legal team understands that a simple workplace accident can result in years of trauma to you and your loved ones, and justice should be done to ensure that the responsible parties will assist you in your recovery, rehabilitation and re-entry into the workforce.
At Phillips Law Group, we want to help you or your loved one overcome the challenges workplace accidents can burden you with, and we are eager to assist you in understanding your rights in cases of workers compensation claims.
Phillips Law Group has offices in Phoenix and Tucson, AZ, in Salt Lake City, UT and in San Diego, CA. In addition, we are proud to represent clients in the following cities:
- Gilabend, AZ
- Globe, AZ
- Payson, AZ
- Prescott, AZ
- Carlsbad, CA
- Chula Vista, CA
- La Jolla, CA
- Bountiful, UT
- Murray, UT
- Sandy, UT
- and most of the other surrounding towns and areas in each state.
Remember: recording the circumstances, seeking medical attention and reporting the incident to your employer is of paramount important when it comes to receiving the medical benefits owed to you because of a workplace injury.
To find out how Phillips Law Group can help you understand your rights and bring the responsible parties to justice, call us nationwide at (800) 706-3000.
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