If you get hurt on the job, workers’ compensation can cover your medical costs and replace a portion of your lost wages. Workers in Alabama, especially those who work very physical jobs such as mining or manufacturing work, may not be able to keep working after an injury.
Sadly, the benefits that injured workers and their family members rely on after an injury won’t last forever. Understanding how long you can receive workers’ compensation benefits for can help you plan financially and make a decision if you have to request different benefits in the future.
Different benefits last for different amounts of time
Workers’ compensation in Alabama has specific limits on how long a worker can claim certain kinds of benefits. Interestingly, temporary total disability is one of the few benefits that does not have a specific limit on it. Permanent, total disability can also last indefinitely, provided that the condition still prevents a worker from getting back on the job.
Temporary partial disability benefits will last for up to 300 weeks, and the same is true for permanent partial body disability. Death benefits for surviving family members will usually only last 500 weeks at most. Medical benefits will last for as long as a worker continues to require care related to a work injury or occupational illness.
Knowing your rights to benefits will only be the first step. You will need to document your injury, comply with medical recommendations, appeal claim denials and provide supporting documentation. The longer you need benefits, the more evidence you may need to support your claim for continued benefits.