Even the simplest jobs come with certain risks. No matter what kind of job you have, you may experience an injury on-the-job at some point, and you may not know what to do next or what kind of help you can get. It is in the interests of all Nebraska employees to know what types of benefits they can get and how they can protect themselves after a work accident.
Injured workers have certain rights, but they are often unsure of what those rights include or how they can get what they need for a full recovery. Every accident is different, but you can seek what you need to get better and move forward. You would be wise to familiarize yourself with your employer's workers' compensation procedures and what steps to take in case of an accident at some point.
What you need to get better and move forward
After a work accident, you will likely have to follow specific procedures, including notifying your employer. The specific benefits that are available to you depend on the nature of your injury, how long you need for recovery, how much time you will miss from work and much more. Some of the specific benefits you may be able to get through your claim include the following:
- Whatever medical care you need due to your injury or your occupational illness
- Assistance with any retraining you need to get back to work
- Recovery of a portion of any income you lost during recovery or hospital stay
- Appropriate compensation if your injuries are permanent
In the tragic event that a worker dies in an accident or as a result of his or her workplace injuries or occupational illness, workers' compensation offers survivor benefits to his or her family.
By filing a workers' compensation, you will relinquish the right to sue your employer for your work accident. This insurance protects the interests of both the employer and workers.
The full amount you deserve
Workers' compensation insurance companies do not have the best interests of injured workers in mind. Their goal is to pay as little as possible. You may have to fight for what you deserve and to maximize the benefits available to you. This is not something you have to fight for alone – you may find it beneficial to seek the help of an experienced workers' compensation attorney.
If you need to file a workers' compensation claim or you want to know more about the benefits available to you, it may help to start by seeking a complete evaluation of your case and explanation of your options.