There are additional benefits besides temporary disability and permanent disability benefits. If you have been injured on the job, it is imperative that you understand your rights and options to pursue the compensation your family needs during this difficult time.
You are entitled to reasonable medical care needed to cure or relieve the effects of a work-related injury or illness. If appropriate, the Workers' Compensation Appeals Board (WCAB) may award lifetime medical care for a work-related medical condition. Berry, Smith & Bartell, a Professional Law Corporation can help you determine if you are eligible for medical care for the injury or illness you suffered while at work.
Workers' compensation may also provide for reimbursement for transportation to medical treatment and pharmacies.
If a worker is killed on the job, or dies from a heart attack or other disease found to have been caused or aggravated by their employment, the surviving spouse, minor children, or other dependents may be entitled to receive benefits. Dependents who are good faith members of the household also may be eligible for benefits, even if not legally married.
These benefits are substantial, especially for families with several dependents. It is one of the most overlooked benefits available to family members of employees whose job contributed to their death.
If the job-related injury was not the main cause, but contributed to the death, a dependent spouse and children still may be entitled to full death benefits. Even survivors only partially dependent on support of the deceased worker may be eligible. There is also an allowance for reimbursement of burial expenses.
There is a statute of limitations for claiming these benefits, so it is very important to speak with a Bakersfield workers' compensation attorney as soon as possible. Berry, Smith & Bartell, a Professional Law Corporation may be able to help you claim the benefits related to the loss of your loved one.