Workers’ Compensation Benefits: What You Need To Know
A work injury can cause many setbacks. In addition to being laid up by your injuries, you most likely have many worries about how you will pay your medical bills and household bills. Under Texas workers’ compensation law, you are entitled to a percentage of your pay as well as reasonable and necessary medical benefits for your injuries. I am attorney Manuel Gonzales, and I fight for the benefits you deserve.
Were you injured at work? You need a workers’ compensation lawyer who can fight the insurance company for the money you deserve. Call my Houston, Texas, law firm, Manuel Gonzales, PC, today at 866-517-1689 to schedule your free initial consultation.
How Will I Be Paid?
I am happy to answer any questions you have about the types of benefits you will receive. I can also push your claim through the workers’ compensation system. The process can be frustrating, but I encourage my clients to stick with it.
I am with you every step of the way as I seek one of the following four levels of income for you:
- Temporary income benefits (TIBs): TIBs consist of 70% of your average weekly wage. This includes your gross income earnings, any overtime pay, bonuses and monetary contributions made by your employer on your behalf prior to the injury that are no longer contributing. It will be calculated using your pay within 13 weeks prior to the injury. You are entitled to receive TIBs for two years or until you reach your clinical maximum medical improvement (MMI) or are released to work full duty by a doctor or have returned to work making your pre-injury wages.
- Impairment income benefits (IIBs): IIBs consist of 70% of your average weekly wage. When you reach MMI, it will be determined if you have any permanent physical damage. If this is determined, you will receive an impairment rating. Each impairment rating percentage allows you three weeks of IIB payment.
- Supplemental income benefits (SIBs): SIBs consist of 80& of the difference between 80% of your average weekly wage and your weekly wages after the work injury. These benefits are paid after your IIBs have ended if you received an impairment rating of 15% or higher.
- Lifetime income benefits (LIBs): LIBs are paid when a worker sustains a specific type of injury under the Texas Labor Code. Please call my office to find out if you qualify for LIBs.
The above is a brief overview of workers’ compensation benefits. I can provide you with more specific information pertaining to your injuries and specific situations.
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My office hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and phones are answered 24/7. If injuries prevent you from traveling to my office, I can come to you.