There are a certain compensation guides to receive benefits from work comp claims. Lifetime benefits are essentially similar to temporary total disability benefits, but without the restriction of 500 weeks’ wages. Instead, wages are paid for the duration of the injured worker’s life. For more information, speak with a Virginia workers compensation lawyer about your eligibility for work comp claims.
When you’re injured on the job, you’re allotted up to 500 weeks of two-thirds your average weekly wage, which is determined by your wages for the last 52 weeks, including bonuses, commission and other such financial considerations. You’re not guaranteed 500 weeks of your two-thirds wage, but that is the maximum amount of temporary total disability benefits you can receive, as long as your doctor says you can’t return to work.
However, if it’s determined that you’re unable to return to work, that cap of 500 weeks is lifted.
According to Virginia Workers’ Compensation laws, if you lose the use of both hands, both arms, both feet, both legs, both eyes, or suffer any injury that results in total paralysis or severe brain damage that prevents you from being able to work, you’re eligible for lifetime benefits.
In general, if you lose your ability to work entirely because of an injury you suffered on the job, you could be eligible for lifetime benefits. It’s crucial that you speak with a Virginia Workers’ Compensation lawyer who can help you determine whether or not you qualify for work comp claims, and what compensation you may be entitled to for your injury.
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