If you are a Nebraska worker who gets hurt on the job, you may have questions about the eligibility requirements for workers compensation benefits. Below are some general guidelines for workers.
Under the Nebraska Workers' Compensation Act, workers may be eligible for benefits if:
-- Their injuries were caused by diseases or accidents occurring on the job.
-- Their employment was undertaken in their company's normal course of business, trade, occupation or profession.
-- At the time he or she was hurt, the worker was not willfully negligent.
Eligible workers are entitled to medical benefits, including reasonable treatment, appliances, hospitalization, medication, prosthetics and other necessary supplies needed to treat work-related injuries.
If a worker has to travel in order to undergo treatment, he or she may be able to be reimbursed for those travel expenditures.
Workers' compensation benefits begin eight days after an employee gets hurt on the job and is unable to work. These benefits aren't taxed and can't be assigned to anyone else.
If the injury is so serious that the worker is out of work for six weeks or longer, then compensation will be given for that first week of waiting.
Some injuries can leave workers with permanent disabilities that can affect their lifelong earning potential. If you are struggling with getting your workers' compensation claim paid out by your company, we can help.
When you are injured, you need to focus on healing. Call our office or contact us online to learn how we can assist you with obtaining the compensation for your injuries that you both need and deserve.