February 17, 2016
Getting workers’ compensation benefits after an on-the-job accident is vital to your family’s financial stability, at least until you can get back on your feet. At Stewart & Stewart, we’ve helped people from across the state of Indiana get those benefits, and we’re ready to help you as well. However, if you’re not quite ready to call an attorney, here’s some basic information you should know about your rights.
Workers’ compensation is an accident insurance program paid by your employer to compensate those injured at their place of employment or elsewhere on the job. You are covered for this coverage from your first day of work. Although not every employer is required to offer this coverage, chances are if you’ve been injured, you are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits.
So how do you get the benefits? Well, first of all, you must report the accident immediately. If you wait more than 30 days, you may lose your right to compensation. The amount of compensation you can receive depends on your current salary or wage and the extent of your injuries. If you’re unable to return to work for 7 consecutive days, you’re entitled to weekly income benefits, which is two-thirds of your average weekly wage for the past year, but no more than $600 per week.
Unfortunately, some Indiana workers have had significant trouble getting their workers’ compensation benefits or have even been fired for requesting them. That’s why it’s a good idea to have an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer on your side to protect your rights and get you fair compensation. If you’ve been injured at work, give us a call for a free consultation. We’re ready to help.