Types of workers’ compensation benefits an injured worker can receive

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Getting injured in a workplace accident can have a big impact on a person’s life. Being unable to work can leave you wondering how you will pay your bills. Fortunately, it is possible to receive financial support through your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance.

There are several types of benefits a worker injured on the job may be eligible to receive. Workers’ compensation covers lost earnings, medical expenses and vocational rehabilitation.

Medical bills
Illinois employers are required to pay for all medical expenses related to injuries an employee suffers in the workplace. Workers’ compensation can include payments for doctor appointments, emergency care, hospital visits, surgery, physical therapy and prescription medications, among other bills. It also covers adaptive medical equipment such as wheelchairs and hearing aids.

Disability payments
Disability benefits provide compensation for the wages a worker loses due to a workplace injury. Injured employees who are unable to go back to work may be eligible for such payments. Disability benefits are available in different forms, depending on whether a person is partially or fully disabled, and temporarily or permanently disabled.

Vocational rehabilitation
Vocational rehabilitation provides assistance to workers who are unable to resume their normal job duties due to an injury. They can retrain for a new position in order to return to the workforce in some capacity.

If you have been injured at work, a workers’ compensation attorney can help ensure you receive the payments you deserve. To learn more, visit the Briskman Briskman & Greenberg Workers’ Compensation Center.

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