All workers compensation laws are a mandatory requirement for all employers. At its base root, workers compensation will help to provide all workers with the rights that they are entitled to have. If the worker is injured, while onsite or performing a job, he or she will be entitled to medical and salary assistance. These laws were created for the worker's benefit, designed to make certain that the employer provides what is owed to the injured employee.
Many employees will be requested to sign legal documents from their future employers stating that in exchange for full workers compensation, they will give up any rights that they have to sue for certain situations. All employers are legally required to explain that workers compensation is part of your rights and that you are welcome to them anytime.
Each employee is entitled to have medical assistance if an injury occurs while on work grounds or during work hours. When you go to see a doctor, he or she will recommend the proper course of action to take in regard to your injury and rehabilitation. While you are working on repairing your injury, this is paid for by your employer. You want to be certain you are updating him or her about your condition and when you expect to return signed with a note from your doctor.
All updates should be signed and regularly given to your employer, lawyer, added to your own personal files. If you have any doubts or concerns, having your own copy will help you be prepared for any possibilities. If something occurs, it is a small matter of retrieving your copy for verification. In addition, this will also provide you a journal of your condition from start to finish, which future employers may request to be notified about what transpired.
You are entitled to your income during the time period that you are healing. This will only be a certain percentage of your income unless other conditions are met, and you will be taxed on this as it is considered a form of income. Keeping these taxes set aside for payment is a smart idea. You may also wish to verify how much you should set aside with your account and/or lawyer, in order to better protect yourself. It is a good practice always to verify all numbers. This will help to protect you and support your family in the long term.