My name is Danielle Diaz. One of the things I've learned in life, both inside and outside the courtroom, is that it is important to not see others as your enemy. Even though you may see the prosecutor as your enemy, he or she is just trying to do a job. It may be possible that you can get a prosecutor or the judge to be sympathetic and get him or her on your side. In order to accomplish this, you need to understand the law. I feel that most individuals do not understand the law, which is why I was motivated to create this blog.
Hand injuries, especially loss of fingers, are not uncommon when dealing with power tools. This type of injury can be debilitating and even lead to life-changing status if you lose your job. However, you have relief in the form of workers compensation benefits. If you lose your fingers or any other body part, you should know a workers compensation attorney can help you pursue the benefits you deserve, including the following.
1. Medical Benefits
If you have lost a finger on the job, your medical benefits should include all necessary surgeries to try to save the finger and any rehabilitation that may be required. In addition, your medical benefits should also cover any prosthetic devices you may need as a result of your injury.
2. Wage Loss Compensation
The second benefit that a workers compensation attorney can get for you is wage replacement benefits. If you cannot work due to your injury, you may be entitled to wage replacement benefits.
These benefits are a percentage of your weekly wage, up to a maximum amount set by state law. Wage replacement benefits are generally paid until you can return to work or reach maximum medical improvement.
3. Vocational Rehabilitation Costs
The third benefit that a workers compensation attorney can get for you is vocational rehabilitation costs. If your injury prevents you from returning to your previous job, you may be entitled to have the cost of vocational rehabilitation paid for by workers compensation.
This benefit can include the cost of training for a new job, as well as any necessary educational costs. Your attorney will push for support that should see you acquire gainful employment to support your family again.
4. Permanent Partial Disability Benefits
If your injury results in the loss of use of a body part, you may be entitled to receive these benefits. Permanent partial disability benefits are generally paid as a lump sum, but can also be paid in installments in some cases. The amount of the benefit is based on the severity of your injury and the effect it has on your ability to work.
5. Permanent Total Disability Benefits
The fifth benefit that a workers compensation attorney can get for you is permanent total disability benefits. If the finger or fingers you lose mean that you can never do your job competently again, you may be entitled to permanent total disability benefits.
If you have been injured on the job, pursuing the benefits you may be entitled to under the workers compensation sys is important. Consult a workers compensation attorney to help you get the support you need to get a semblance of your life back.