Omaha Workers’ Compensation Lawyer
Workers’ compensation is one of the most beneficial programs for those who are injured while on-the-job. No matter what occupation you are in, these supplemental benefits can ensure that you are able to recover comfortably without having to worry about lost wages and medical expenses.
Since the early 1900s workers’ compensation has benefited thousands of individuals across the nation. A 2010 National Hospital Ambulatory Care Survey notes that more than 1.5 million people who visited the emergency room expected their workers’ compensation to cover the costs of medical expenses.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) there were more 2.98 million cases of workplace injuries and illnesses in 2011. In Nebraska, the workers’ compensation court received 45,000 injury reports between 2010 and 2011.
Omaha is known for its flourishing finance, insurance, and trade and transportation industries. Statistics from the BLS note that the majority of Omaha workers can be found in the office, sales and administrative support sector. However, 8% of Omahans also worked in the transportation sector.
Workers’ compensation is a requirement of all businesses in Nebraska. Although the laws change state-by-state, Omahans expect to be covered by workers’ compensation if they, or something they know, is injured while on the job.
Unfortunately, Omaha workers’ compensation benefits are not always provided or adequately provided to those who need it. If you or a loved one has been injured at work, our knowledgeable Omaha workers’ compensation lawyers can help you determine if you qualify for benefits, and if so, how to ensure you are receiving the MAXIMUM amount of benefits you deserve.
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Omaha Workers’ Compensation Benefits
Omaha workers’ compensation may be available to the injured workers and beneficiaries who have lost a loved one due to a fatal workplace accident or illness. Commonly workers’ compensation covers medical expenses, lost wages, and death benefits. However, these are simply general benefits and the coverage can often depend on the employer, injury suffered, and time away from work.
The following is a description of what is commonly covered by Omaha workers’ compensation lawyers:
Medical Benefits – Commonly this includes the cost of doctors’ visit and emergency room visits, prescription medication, and prosthetics for those who need it. Some employers may also cover travel needed for medical procedures or the continued doctors’ visits.
Lost Wages – Lost wage benefits can be rather difficult to understand. Typically, wage benefits will begin on the 8th missed day of work caused by the injury. However, the first 7 days will not be covered unless the injury or illness led to more than 6 weeks of missed work.
Lost wage benefits are also primarily based on whether an individual suffered from permanent or total disability and whether said disability was partial or total. As such, an Omaha workers’ compensation lawyer should be consulted.
Total Disability – If a worker is disabled permanently or temporarily and a physician indicates that they cannot return to work due to the injury they are entitled to receive two-thirds of their average weekly ages.
Partial Disability – These benefits are based on whether the victim suffered temporary or partial disability or permanent partial loss to the body.
- Temporary partial benefits will be provided to those who are able to return to work but have had to reduce their hours or their position has changed in order to accommodate their disability. These benefits will not exceed 300 weeks but are paid until the person has fully recovered.
- Permanent partial benefits are provided to those who have lost the use of a particular body part, such as loss of limb. Injured workers may be entitled to approximately two-thirds of their average weekly wages
- Permanent partial losses to the body benefits are available to those who suffered permanent disability and is based on the percentage of disability times two-thirds of the workers’ average weekly wages. These benefits also shall not exceed 300 weeks.
Death Benefits – When a worker suffers a fatal injury or illness, the widow/widower of the victim may be entitled to benefits until they are remarried in which they will then receive a final lump sum. Children of the victim will receive benefits until they are 19 years old or 25 years old if they are enrolled at an accredited educational institution. Burial expenses up to $6,000 will also be covered.
Furthermore, in Omaha, an injured worker may also be entitled to vocational rehabilitation benefits. These benefits entitle an individual who has been injured to receive vocational training if they are unable to return to suitable employment in which they are experienced and trained in.
It is important that an employee notify their employer right away if they have been injured on-the-job or were diagnosed with an occupational illness or disease.
Contact our Omaha Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Today
At Inkelaar Law we understand how confusing workers’ compensation benefits can be, and if you’re denied, some may not know what to do next. We are dedicated to fighting for the rights of the injured, including those who have been seriously injured due to a workplace accident.
Our Omaha workers’ compensation attorneys will put our vast resources and experience to work for you in order to ensure that you receive the MAXIMUM amount of compensation you deserve under Nebraska Law. We proudly represent clients in the Omaha and Lincoln area.