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A workplace injury, even if it’s minor, can destroy a working person’s future and leave them financially strapped. Workers’ compensation exists to ensure an injured worker’s medical expenses and lost wages are covered if they are injured on the job. But most workers are unaware of how they begin the process
Any person who is considered an employee who was injured on the job is eligible for workers’ compensation benefits, including:
If an employer chooses, they can purchase workers’ comp insurance for some domestic employees and some employees of small agricultural operations.
Workers not covered by workers’ comp in Nebraska include:
Employees eligible for workers’ compensation won’t begin receiving benefits until they notify their employer. Some workplace injuries are emergencies and employers are immediately aware that a worker was injured and will initiate the claims process for the victim.
When an employee’s injuries are minor, they should notify their employer as soon as are injured or become aware Once you notify your employer the rest is up to your employer and their insurer. Under Nebraska law, an insurer has no more than 30 days to begin paying the injured worker benefits.
If your negligence, such as drug use, caused a workplace accident, workers’ comp can refuse to pay you benefits. A claim denial is frustrating, but it is an issue that you can overcome with legal expertise.
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