Workers’ Compensation is designed to compensate injured employees for the loss of their wage-earning ability and the medical expenses arising from the injury. This can include total disability benefits if the injured employee is completely unable to work—or partial disability benefits if the injured employee is unable to earn wages equal to before the injury.
Specifically, pain and suffering damages are not compensated under the Workers’ Compensation system. At the conclusion of their medical treatment, an injured employee may be entitled to additional compensation for a permanent, partial impairment rating.
The amount of disability compensation owed in Workers’ Compensation cases depends on the injured employee’s average weekly wage before the injury. This figure is supposed to include gross earnings—including bonuses. Determining the average weekly wage under law is complicated—and an injured employee should talk to an experienced attorney to understand their rights.
If you have a Workers’ Compensation claim or have questions about your rights, Daggett Shuler is here to help. Call Daggett Shuler today at 336-724-1234 or 800-815-5500 for a free, confidential consultation. You can also submit a Free Case Evaluation Form online. We will gladly speak with you for free—and you only pay if we help you receive benefits or a settlement and the Industrial Commission approves the attorney fee.
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