- November 9, 2022
How Long Does Workers Compensation Last
If you’ve been injured at work and found out about it, then there is a good chance that you are entitled to workers compensation benefits. You can’t be fired or forced back into the same job by your employer because of injuries sustained on the job.
How Long Does Workers Compensation Last?
If you are injured at work, and it is determined that you have a permanent disability, then workers compensation will last as long as your disability lasts. If the doctor determines that you can return to work and resume your normal activities, then he or she may recommend a return-to-work program. This means that they will help you get back on track in terms of getting back into the workforce and learning how to deal with certain injuries or illnesses. It also involves staying in good health through regular checkups with doctors and taking medications as prescribed.
If no changes are made within three months after returning from an injury, then benefits will continue until their normal retirement age.
Workers Comp covers which Types of Injuries?
The first question to ask yourself is whether the injury was work-related. This means that it happened in connection with your job or because of something that occurred at work. If so, you can claim workers compensation benefits for medical expenses and lost wages related to the injury.
If not, then there are other options available to help pay for your injuries:
- Insurance can cover some of the cost of treatment provided by doctors and hospitals (if they’re covered through your health insurance)
- You may be eligible for public assistance programs such as Medicaid or Medicare
What Benefits Will I Get from Workers Comp?
- Medical care, including treatment and surgery. This can be important to you if you have been injured on the job or are suffering from a disability that prevents your ability to work effectively.
- Temporary disability benefits may help pay for temporary medical expenses such as prescription drugs, home health care services, physical therapy appointments, and transportation costs related to getting to appointments.
- Permanent disability benefits can provide financial assistance during an extended recovery period after an injury at work or due to an illness contracted outside of work. This may include paying for things like housing expenses while recovering from surgery, replacement wages lost during recovery, or even funeral costs if a family member dies unexpectedly because of this condition.
Who Is Covered Under Workers Compensation?
The definition of who is covered by workers’ compensation depends on whether your employer has more than one employee or not, but generally speaking:
- Employees are covered if you’re hired by someone else (this includes independent contractors).
- Volunteers are also considered “employees” under many states’ laws because they could be considered an extension of your employer’s business operations. This means that if something happens while volunteering at a charity event or other organization where there is no clear line between work and volunteerism, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits as well!
The actual amount of time that a workers’ compensation claim lasts depends on the cause of the injury, how severe and permanent it is, and how long before treatment is started. In most cases, a claim lasts six months or less. But if the injury is serious or prolonged, it may last longer. Any personal injury claim can be complicated and require the help of an attorney who understands these issues.
If you’ve been injured at work, then there is a good chance that you are entitled to workers compensation benefits. You can’t be fired or forced back into the same job by your employer because of injuries sustained on the job.
Naz Kleiman is a ANCC board-certified Nurse Practitioner with over 13 years of nursing experience in trauma nursing, primary care, women’s health, urgent care, workmen’s comp, allergy testing and family medicine. She graduated from the University of Texas with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Walden University with Master of Science in Nursing.