When injured at work, you may be entitled to certain benefits through your employer's workers' compensation benefits. These benefits can cover things such as what you spent on medical bills and a portion of your lost wages. However, you may also be able to secure support that will help you get back to work.
Every recovery is different, and what you need to get better and return to the workplace depends on factors such as the severity of your injury, your health at the time of the accident and any permanent issues you have because of your accident. Workers' who may need additional support to get back to work may be able to secure workers' compensation rehabilitation benefits.
Your rehabilitation rights
You have certain rights as an injured worker. First, you have the right to file a workers' compensation claim. You also have the right to fight for the maximum amount of benefits to which you have a rightful claim. Insurance companies do not have your best interests in mind, and you can work diligently to get what you need for a complete recovery.
Returning to work is not always easy. You may have ongoing pain, limited range of motion and other complications that will make it difficult to return the same job or work in the same capacity as you did before your accident. In this situation, you may be able to secure rehabilitation benefits to help with this transition, which may include the following:
- Help with preparing your resume for new employment
- On-the-job training for new employment
- Ergonomic support and disability assistance for your limitations
- Tuition and education necessary to seek new employment
- Skills analysis and training
- Assessment of the job market and your specific abilities
The types of benefits you can get depend on your specific needs. It is helpful to seek a full understanding of what you can pursue through your workers' compensation claim.
Why seek help?
A workers' compensation claim may seem straightforward, but it is often a complex and confusing process. You may find it beneficial to seek the guidance and support of an experienced attorney in order to help you get the full amount of benefits you need and deserve. If you are unsure of what you need or how to proceed with your claim, a full evaluation of your case with an experienced Nebraska workers' compensation is a good place to start.