If you’ve been hurt on the job, one of the most common questions the Connecticut Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at Carter Mario Law Firm are asked is what programs are available to help you in your recovery. There are seven different types of workers’ compensation benefits, and the benefits you receive will depend on the nature and severity of your injuries or illness.
- Medical Treatment
When receiving medical treatment benefits, your employer may choose the facility where you will be treated, but you always have the right to choose the “attending physician” or primary caregiver.
- Temporary Total Disability
If you are totally disabled from your work-related injury or illness, you may qualify for this benefit, which is 75 percent of your weekly wages (after tax and Social Security) based on the wages you earned over the past year prior to your injury or illness.
- Temporary Partial Disability
If you are still able to complete some of the work you did before, but not the same kind of work, or for the same number of hours, you may qualify for this benefit. If you receive this benefit, you will receive 75 percent of the difference between what you would be earning if you were not disabled, and what you are earning now.
- Permanent Partial Disability
You may qualify for this benefit if you suffered a permanent and partial loss of use of a body part or parts. The amount of this benefit is based on what body part you injured, your attending physician’s determination for the percentage of disability, and your basic compensation rate (weekly benefits payment).
- Relapse or Recurrence
If you suffer a relapse or recurrence of your work-related injury or illness, you may be qualified for this benefit, which is payable when the relapse is occurring. Your benefit rate is based on your basic compensation rate, plus the cost of living allowances, or your new salary rate, whichever is higher.
- Discretionary Benefits
Depending on the circumstances of your claim, you may be granted additional benefits by a Workers’ Compensation Commissioner after your Permanent Partial Disability benefits are exhausted. You must request an informal hearing to be considered for discretionary benefits.
- Job Retraining
If you cannot return to the type of work that caused your injury or illness, you may qualify for job retraining from the Workers’ Compensation Commission’s Rehabilitation Services.
If you’ve been hurt at work and need help getting workers’ compensation benefits, the Connecticut Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at Carter Mario Law Firm are here for you on your schedule. Call us anytime, and we can provide you with the resources you need to pursue the benefits you’re owed.