Workers’ compensation laws provide various benefits which can basically be divided into three categories: financial benefits, medical attention, and vocational rehabilitation. You may have the right to a number of benefits in each category. The financial benefits include the payment of the different types of work disability compensation. The payment of financial benefits depends on the condition of the injured worker.
The expenses for medical care can include, among others, doctors’ fees, emergency care, home care, hospital fees, diagnostic and other tests, physical therapy, prescription medicines, and travel allowances. You may also have the right to receive medical expenses even if you don’t receive financial disability benefits. At Grupo MedLegal we have the best group of doctors and lawyers who can assist you starting the moment you are injured; we will make sure your rights are respected, including workers’ disability payments. The only thing you need to do is contact us as soon as possible.
In California, there are four different classes of injuries for which you can get work disability: Temporary partial disability, temporary total disability, permanent partial disability, and permanent total disability.
- Temporary partial disability: You receive temporary partial disability when your ability to do your job is limited by a temporary injury. For example, a worker with a leg fracture may not be able to perform his or her normal duties, but may be able to do certain types of work. Temporary partial disability benefits consist of the difference between what you would have earned if you had not been injured and what you can earn performing modified duties.
- Temporary total disability: These benefits are received when the injured worker cannot work at all. Nevertheless, the injury is expected to heal over time and the worker will be able to return to work.
- Permanent partial disability: A permanent partial injury means that while the employee is able to work, he or she will never recover from the injury. For example, a worker who loses a finger in a work accident may be able to do certain types of work; however, the worker will be unable to do the job he or she used to do.
- Permanent total disability: Permanent total disability is the most severe category for a worker to be in. Workers that are permanently totally disabled will never be able to work again. This type of classification is generally the result of a catastrophic injury.
The Workers’ Compensation Board maintains a list of permanent disabilities and a guide to benefits for each type of injury.
The doctors and lawyers at Grupo MedLegal in the city of Los Angeles, California, are experts in workers’ compensation law.