Providing wage replacement and medical benefits to employees injured in the course of employment.
The purpose of workers compensation is to ensure the payment of certain benefits to injured workers regardless of who’s fault caused those injuries. Workers compensation is known as a “no-fault” system. However, the workers’ compensation laws change from state to state, and that includes the benefits to which you might be entitled, as well as the time you have for bringing and pursuing your claim. At Caldwell Law Group, PLLC, we handle workers compensation claims in both Idaho and Washington.
Overview of Idaho Workers Compensation
In Idaho, if you are in the course and scope of your employment with your employer, and you sustain an injury, either as a result of an accident or an occupational disease, you may be entitled to certain benefits. The benefits to which you may be entitled, include the following:
- Total Temporary Disability benefits, otherwise known as “TTD’s.” These benefits are payable during the period of your medical recovery. You are only entitled to TTD’s if you are not working. Generally, these benefits stop when you reach medical stability. If you are in your period of medical recovery and able to work fewer hours than you were working before you got hurt, you may be entitled to Partial Temporary Disability benefits, or “PTD’s.”
- Medical Benefits. Generally, you are entitled to the reasonable medical expenses that you require as you recover from your industrial injury. This can include treatments with a doctor, chiropractor, physical therapist, hospital and even surgery. Below are helpful links with regard to medical benefits in Idaho.
- Permanent Partial Impairment. At the point that you become medically stable, you may be entitled to an award of permanent partial impairment. Permanent partial impairment is a medical determination of the percentage of loss that you have suffered as a result of your industrial injury. Often, the insurance company will ask for their doctor to determine your permanent partial impairment, however, you have the right to ask your treating doctor for an impairment rating (if he will agree to do provide that information), or ask an independent doctor of your choosing to determine your permanent partial impairment, however, you may be responsible for the cost of such an evaluation. Below are helpful links with regard to permanent partial impairment benefits in Idaho.
- Permanent Partial Disability/Total Permanent Disability. After you have reached medical stability, if you have sustained a permanent partial impairment, you may be entitled to additional income benefits for any decrease in your ability to pursue gainful employment suffered as a result of your industrial injury. Permanent partial disability is often payable because you cannot return to your old job, you have ongoing limitations and difficulties with physical function, or there is other work that you now cannot do because of your industrial injuries. You may be entitled to total permanent disability if you cannot do any gainful employment as a result of your industrial injuries, or if you have old injuries that combine with the industrial injuries that leave you unable to work. Below are helpful links with regard to permanent partial disability and total permanent disability benefits.
- Retraining Benefits. You may also be entitled to certain retraining benefits if you are unable to return to your old job as a result of your industrial injuries in Idaho. Below are helpful links with regard to retraining benefits in Idaho.
These links provide more details regarding the specific laws. Please contact us for more information.