January 19, 2012
There's a series of benefits, probably the most prominent benefit and the one that has the greatest value for the worker and the family is the medical care.
Medical care cures or relieves the effects of the injury. The medical care can be physical therapy, it can be medication, it can be surgery, or depending upon the severity of the injury the medical care can be a life long care, such as a modification to the house. It can be care that expands to psychological care. This is one of the areas that the worker needs to be focused on, is the benefit of the medical care.
The second benefit is temporary disability. If you have a job related injury and the job related injury precludes you from returning back to work and the employer does not have a light duty job that they can give to you that accommodates your medical condition you can receive up to .667 of your average weekly wages to a maximum of about $986 per week. The next benefit besides this, it would be some type of monies for a transition into a new career. The monies relative to that is very nominal. The major benefit that you can receive is the medical care. The secondary benefit is temporary disability, the third benefit is the transition. The final benefit is where the people ask, how much is my case worth? That's the major of the impairment. The impairment is the change in your physical function after the job related injury and after the doctor has indicated that you've received your maximum medical care. Kind of an ancillary to this is that if I have a job related condition and I take medications for the job related condition and the medication then creates another medical problem that then becomes the responsibility of the employer.