Accidents happen. When an accident happens at work, and someone ends up getting seriously injured, it’s not always clear how to proceed. Employees may be qualified to receive disability compensation for both physical disabilities (which can range from back problems to diabetes to asthma) and mental disabilities (including depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, and more).
Who Qualifies for Social Security Disability?
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, employees who are injured at work are entitled to certain compensations. The first is medical, hospital, and surgical services as needed. If the employee has injuries related to their job and are temporarily unable to work, they can receive up to 45 days worth of paid leave, and any time spent out of work beyond that can be counted as sick leave or vacation time. For people who are injured at work and are permanently injured, the amount of compensation fluctuates depending on the injury.
When someone is injured at work in a way that is related to their job, they should get medical treatment immediately, even if the injury seems minor. The injury should be reported to a supervisor, and medical bills and proper paperwork should be submitted as soon as possible. Then, the employee needs to organize and submit a claim for compensation.
Applying for Disability
Someone who was injured at work and is looking to receive supplemental security income or social security disability may choose to hire the services of disability advocates. These attorneys help their clients collect the SSI disability they deserve, and only collect a fee if the client wins their case. Getting the most from a disability claim– enough to live on if someone is injured to the point where they cannot return to work– it necessary to maintaining the same lifestyle.
The process of applying for disability can easily become long and drawn out without the aid of someone who knows what they’re doing. Disability advocates not only strive to help their clients win their cases and get the most out of their settlement, but they can help make sure paperwork is processing with social security and cut down on the time it will take for the client to receive disability compensation.
Worker’s compensation following an injury comes out of the company’s insurance. In some cases, injured employees can sue outside of worker’s compensation. Here are the scenarios where an injured employee has a case for more than just worker’s compensation:
- If they are injured at work by a defective product or toxic material. The employee can also sue the manufacturer of the product which caused their injury
- If the injury was the result of the employer’s poor judgement, reckless behavior, or neglect. The injured person can also file a personal injury suit against the employer responsible for their injury.
- If the company doesn’t have worker’s compensation insurance coverage an injured employee can sue the employer and receive money from the state.