How much will I get paid? Can I get a settlement?
Consult a workers' compensation attorney at the Coye Law Firm to determine how much your claim is worth. After you discuss what happened, they will be able to give you a more complete picture of the benefits you can receive under the law. Most benefit checks are paid bi-weekly and are for 2/3 of your average weekly wage. A settlement needs important consideration of your injuries, future wages, and reemployment in order to help you recover.
If you are in the process of filing bankruptcy or need to declare bankruptcy after receiving a worker's compensation claim, it is highly important that you speak with your worker's compensation attorney before speaking with a bankruptcy lawyer. The worker's comp payments or settlement should be exempt from debt collection and creditors, but could be considered "income" and complicate your situation.
Can I be reimbursed for the cost of driving to my doctor appointments?
If your doctor appointment is related to your workers' compensation injury, you can have the mileage reimbursed by your employer. Consult a workers' compensation attorney from the Coye Law Firm to learn how to be reimbursed for your mileage.
What do "MMI," "IR," "TPD," "TTD," and "PTD" stand for?
MMI means "Maximum Medical Improvement" and is used to determine when benefits should stop being paid to the injured employee. IR means "Impairment Rating," TPD means "Temporary Partial Disability," TTD means "Temporary Total Disability," and PTD means "Permanent Total Disability." All of these categories are used to determine an injured worker's benefits. When a worker reaches MMI, their workers' compensation benefits stop. However, the doctor assesses an impairment rating, which determines the amount of benefits they may continue to receive.
What about the wages I lose while being out of work? Do I get paid for those too?
Depending on the severity of your injury, you are eligible to receive between 66 2/3% and 80% of your average weekly wage in addition to having your medical bills paid by the employer's insurance carrier. Consult an attorney at the Coye Law Firm to determine your lost wages compensation rate and get the most benefits you can.
How do taxes work with workers compensation benefits?
You do not pay taxes on benefit checks. However, if you go back to work on a trial basis and earn wages while receiving a benefits check, you are required to pay taxes on the wages earned. Visit our section on income taxes to learn more.