In Utah, workers’ compensation provides a range of benefits to employees who are injured or become ill as a result of their work. These benefits include:
1. Medical benefits: Workers’ compensation provides coverage for medical treatment related to your workplace injury or illness, including doctor’s visits, hospitalization, medication, physical therapy, and other necessary medical care.
2. Disability benefits: If your injury or illness prevents you from working, you may be eligible for disability benefits. These benefits can include temporary total disability benefits, which provide wage replacement while you are unable to work, and permanent partial disability benefits, which provide compensation for any permanent impairment or loss of function. If you are never able to work again, permanent total disability benefits may be available, which provide compensation long term for a portion of wage replacement.
3. Death benefits: If an employee dies as a result of a workplace injury or illness, their dependents may be eligible for death benefits, which can include compensation for funeral expenses and ongoing financial support.
4. Vocational rehabilitation: If your injury or illness prevents you from returning to your previous job, workers’ compensation may provide vocational rehabilitation services to help you find a new job or receive job training.
5. Legal benefits: Workers’ compensation provides legal protections to employees who file a claim for benefits, including protection against retaliation or discrimination for filing a claim.
The specific benefits that are available to you will depend on the nature and severity of your injury or illness, as well as your employment status and other factors. It is important to consult with an experienced workers’ compensation attorney to understand your rights and ensure that you receive the maximum benefits available under the law.