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Workers' compensation benefits coverage timeline

If you are considering filing a workers’ compensation claim or if you have already done so and been granted benefits, you may have questions about how long you can continue to receive those benefits. Answers to these questions will generally be specific to your circumstances. As a result, it is generally a good idea to consult an attorney experienced in matters of workers’ compensation in order to discuss the nuances of your situation. However, there are some general rules that you can certainly keep in mind while preparing questions for your attorney.

One of the primary factors which will impact the amount of time that you will be able to continue receiving benefits is whether you will eventually be able to return to work. If you are able to return to work full-time within a relatively short period, your benefits will likely not last long. However, if you are not able to return to work full-time either at all or for an extended period of time, your benefits may be made available to you for a significant length of time.

In addition, it is important to understand that different state laws may impact your ability to receive benefits on a temporary or long-term basis. Some states will allow you to continue receiving benefits if you can return to work only in a partial capacity. Other states may grant you long-term benefits but only at a specific fraction of the wage rate you were paid when you were able to work full-time. Other states will cap the amount of time you can receive benefits in accordance with the particular nature of your injury.

It is simply because workers’ compensation benefits laws are so complex that there are no easy answers to the question of how long you will be able to continue receiving benefits once your claim has been granted.

Source: Findlaw Injured, “How Long Will Workers' Compensation Benefits Last?” Le Trinh, May 6, 2015

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