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Understanding Temporary Disability Benefits That May Be Available After a Work-Related Injury

workers compensation attorneyStates like Arizona provide for compulsory workers’ compensation insurance. That is, workers who are injured or contract an illness on the job may be eligible to receive benefits under state workers’ compensation insurance plans.

A Phoenix Workers’ Compensation Attorney Can Explain Disability Requirements

If you are injured or contract an illness on the job, state law requires employers to carry workers’ compensation insurance. Rather than suing your employer for compensation, you may apply for benefits from the insurance fund. As your workers’ compensation attorney can explain, benefits may be available for temporary partial or total disability. The benefits representative will explore whether your claimed injury or illness completely disables you from work or partially disables you. If disability requirements are met, you may be eligible to receive benefits for the duration of your disability. Likewise, if a worker is killed on the job, his/her survivors may be able to receive benefits in their stead.

A Workers’ Compensation Attorney Can Discuss the Types of Benefits Available

Again, benefits may trigger for work-related injuries or illnesses. These benefits are calculated on a percentage of the injured workers lost wages and then paid subject to a weekly cap. Therefore, lost wages compensation may be available. Additionally, you may receive benefits for medical bills related to the injury or illness. Your workers’ compensation attorney can discuss issues that may arise when picking a doctor. Sometimes, you have freedom of choice. Sometimes, the employer is permitted to select a physician for you. Benefits may also be available in the event the injury causes serious disfigurement or scarring. Physical therapy and rehab may also be covered.

Let your workers’ compensation attorney advise you of deadlines for filing claims as well as provide assistance with paperwork and supporting documentation requirements. A claim can be denied if the requirements aren’t met.

If you feel your injury or illness was job related, put an experienced workers’ compensation attorney to work for you. The attorneys at the Schiffman Law Office, P.C. can help you understand your legal options. Call (602) 235-0539 today to schedule a consultation.

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