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Further, it can provide you with a percentage of your lost salary (usually up to a prescribed limit and usually no more than two-thirds of your base pay at most) if your doctor declares you to be Temporarily Disabled (TD) and unable to work for a while (limitations on the time one can spend on the temporarily disabled status…and on the amount of compensation one receives…vary by state. For the most part, the maximum time one can collect on TD status is no more than two years or so.)

In the case of more serious injuries, you could be declared Permanently Disabled with workplace-incurred injuries, which would preclude you from ever returning to work, payment of regular (though not permanent) compensation could be provided under the law (again, it varies from state to state.)

Vocation rehabilitation—being trained for a new occupation should your injuries preclude you from returning to your old one—is sometimes available (most often in the form of “educational vouchers”, which will help pay for retraining.

Workers Compensation does not, for the most part, pay for nebulous by-products of injuries such as “pain and suffering” or “emotional distress”. It also does not compensate for the loss of non-work related activities (loss of ability to play musical instruments or to participate in athletic endeavors, for example) that might be affected by the covered injury.

Protecting Ones Rights

Employees are guaranteed protection under Workers Compensation Laws and states have agencies designed to aid them in getting what's rightfully coming to them. In the cases where claims are disputed—or even outright denied—by employers and/or their insurance companies, finding a qualified attorney is an excellent way to make sure you have a fair hearing in court.

By Michael Willis           

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