Workers’ compensation benefits can help get injured workers and their families through a tough period of time following a workplace accident. A challenging road ahead may await injured workers who should be familiar with the different types of workers’ compensation benefits and how to obtain them.
Types of workers’ compensation benefits available
Workers’ compensation benefits can help workers in New York who are suffering from a workplace injury or occupational illness. Benefits they may be able to receive include:
- Medical benefits: Workers’ compensation benefits for medical care and treatment of the worker’s workplace injury or occupational illness.
- Wage replacement: Workers’ compensation benefits for wage replacement while the injured worker is unable to work may be available to injured or sick workers. Wage replacement benefits are two-thirds of the injured worker’s average weekly income.
- Vocational rehabilitation: Workers’ compensation benefits for vocational rehabilitation may be available to injured workers who are unable to return to their usual job because of the workplace injury they suffered.
Filing a claim
Injured workers have 30 days following their workplace injury to report the injury to their employer and 2 years following the workplace injury to make a claim for workers’ compensation benefits in most circumstances. They can also request a hearing if their claim for benefits has been denied after they have been injured on the job.
Workers’ compensation benefits can be critical to helping injured workers receive the medical care and treatment they need to heal from their workplace injuries and to put food on the table while they recover. As a result, injured workers and their families need to be familiar with these important benefits and how to obtain them when needed.