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7 Myths About Workers’ Comp Pay You Need to Know

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Workers’ compensation is a system in the United States and many other countries that provides benefits to injured workers or who contract an illness at work. The program is usually mandatory in most jurisdictions, meaning employers must provide coverage for their employees. Since workers’ compensation is a government-regulated program, there are a lot of myths and misconceptions about workers’ comp pay and how it works. In this post, we’ll dispel some of the most common myths about workers’ comp so you can be better informed about your rights and what to expect if you need to file a claim.

  1. You won’t get paid if you miss work.
    It is one of the most common myths about workers’ comp. Many people think that they won’t be eligible for benefits if they miss work because of an injury or illness. But that’s not true.
    If you miss work because of an injury or illness caused by your job, you should be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. These benefits can include lost wages, medical expenses, and more.
  1. You can only get workers’ comp if you’re injured at work.
    Another common myth is that you can only get workers’ comp pay if you’re injured at work. But that’s not true either.
    You can also get workers’ compensation if you contract an illness. For example, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits if you develop an illness because of exposure to hazardous materials at work.
  1. Your employer must pay for your workers’ comp.
    Most people think that workers’ compensation is something that your employer has to pay for. But that’s only sometimes the case.
    In some states, workers’ compensation is provided through a state-run program. Your employer may not have to pay for your workers’ compensation benefits.
  1. You can’t get workers’ comp if you’re an independent contractor.
    This is another myth that’s based on a misunderstanding of how workers’ comp pay works.
    Independent contractors are not eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. However, if you’re an employee of a company, you should be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits if you’re injured or become ill because of your job.
  1. You can only get workers’ comp pay if you’re employed.
    This myth is based on the same misunderstanding as the previous one. Just because you’re not currently employed doesn’t mean you’re not eligible for workers’ compensation benefits.
    If you were injured or became ill while employed, you should still be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits.
  1. You can only get workers’ comp pay if you’re a U.S. citizen.
    This myth is also based on a misunderstanding of how workers’ compensation works.
    Workers’ compensation is a federal program, so it’s available to all workers in the United States, regardless of their citizenship status.
  1. You can’t get workers’ comp if you quit your job.
    It is the last myth on our list and is one of the most persistent. Many people think you can’t get workers’ compensation if you quit your job. But that’s not true.
    If you quit your job because of an injury or illness caused by your job, you should still be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits.
    These are just a few of the most common myths about workers’ compensation. If you have questions about your rights or what to expect if you need to file a claim, be sure to speak with an experienced workers’ compensation attorney.

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Whether you’re wondering if you qualify for workers’ compensation or are already filing a claim, we can help. At Pistiolas Law, our experienced workers’ compensation attorneys can answer your questions and help you get the benefits you need.

If you’ve been injured or become ill because of your job, don’t wait to seek legal help. Contact us today at (844) 414-1768 for a free consultation.

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