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What Are Workers' Compensation Rights?

Employees who have been injured on the job have certain rights.
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  • Written By: Christina Edwards
  • Edited By: W. Everett
  • Last Modified Date: 19 September 2014
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Workers' compensation rights are rights that protect employees who have been injured while working. The details of these rights vary, depending on which state the employee works in, but many areas have very similar laws. For example, in many states in the United States (US), an employee has the right to choose his own doctor and have his medical bills paid by his employer. Most injured employees are also able to collect monetary compensation to make up for lost wages.

After getting injured on the job, most employees require their employees be examined by medical professionals. Instead of seeing a doctor who is working for his employer, or to whom he is referred by the employer, workers' compensation rights often enable an injured worker to see his own doctor. Many companies require this to happen within a certain time period, usually within 30 to 90 days after an on-the-job injury.

Some workers may choose this option because they are more comfortable with their own doctors. Others may wish to seek a second opinion about their medical conditions. With a private doctor who is not affiliated with the employer, there is often less chance that a serious injury will go untreated because the employer does not wish to pay the medical bills.

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Medical bills are often very expensive. If a worker is injured on the job, chances are that he will not be able to work, therefore, he will not be able to earn a paycheck. Other workers' compensation rights include the payment of the workers' medical bills. This can include diagnostic testing, treatment, surgery, or any other medical procedure that may be necessary to the worker's recovery.

If a worker is not able to work because of an injury, workers' compensation rights often help an employee collect monetary compensation. The amount of this compensation is usually close to or equal to an injured employee's wage. For most employees, this money is often used to cover such expenses as rent or mortgage, utilities, costs of food, or other necessary expenses.

In the event that an employee is unable to perform his previous job duties, some workers' compensation rights allow an injured employee to get compensated for job training. This is often only used for injured employees with severe disabilities due to their injuries. The training will help the employees transition back into the job market.

Injured workers who believe their workers' compensation right have been violated should speak with a workers' compensation specialist or workers' compensation lawyer. These types of attorneys know the laws pertaining to their particular states. If the employee was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the injury, a lawyer can usually argue in favor of the injured employee.

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