Personal Injury Information

If your doctor gives you some restrictions, then it is up to your employer to accommodate those restrictions. If they can accommodate the restrictions, then you simply return to work within the modifications. If your employer cannot accommodate the restrictions, then you may be entitled to vocational rehabilitation. If you go into vocational rehabilitation, then the insurance carrier will provide you with retraining benefits. As with temporary disability, the retraining benefit is severely limited. For injuries after January 1, 2004 vocational rehabilitation has essentially been elminated. For injuries before January 1, 2004 there is a cap of $16,000.00 on the entire retraining process. All expenses including schools, counselors, and supplies, are counted against the cap. During the vocational retraining, you are entitled to a vocational rehabilitation maintaince allowance or “VRMA”. This is paid at the rate of $246.00 per week and is subject to the cap of $16,000.00. There is a 12% withholding which is set aside to pay your Lakeland DUI attorney.

If the injury or illness results in a permanent handicap, then you may also be entitled to a recovery for permanent disability. Again, this is a very limited benefit. You are entitled to recover the percentage of ability you have lost to compete in the open labor market. This is a standard of recovery which is unique to workers’ compensation. It is important to note that you are not entitled to a recovery for pain and suffering. Your recovery is based upon the disability described by the doctors who evaluate you. The Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board, the insurance company, and your lawyer all interpret the medical evidence to determine the percentage of ability you have lost to compete in the open labor market. Once the percentage is established, then the recovery amount is rather simple as it is scheduled in the labor code. Simply put, a certain percentage will relate to a certain dollar recovery under the labor code.

If the injury or illness results in death, then a benefit will be paid to your surviving dependants. If you have questions about your rights and you do not wish to consult a lawyer, you should contact the car accident attorneys Youngstown.