Workers' compensation laws affect public employees like teachers and police officers differently than they do employees of private businesses. On one hand, public employees have the potential to receive more benefits than private workers. On the other hand, it can be more difficult to secure those benefits.
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If you suffered an on-the-job injury, we hope you find this site informative. You can learn more from our pages on work comp benefits and the work comp process. You can also find answers to frequently asked questions about workers' compensation.
What's Different About Workers' Compensation for Public Employees?
If your injury puts you out of work, you are entitled to receive "temporary disability benefits" until you're able to go back (some time limitations apply). For a private employee, that benefit would amount to 70% of their normal salary or wages. But public employees usually receive 100% of their normal salary while on temporary disability leave. So there are advantages.
The disadvantages, however, include the fact that public entities are usually self-insured. This distinction is somewhat complicated to explain, but the result is that they are usually very slow in getting the proper benefits to the people who need them.
They often drag their feet. And it almost always takes a great deal of prodding on the lawyer's part to get them to pay their bills.
If you're a teacher, police officer or other public employee who was injured on the job, we can help. Find out if we're the right law firm for you during a free initial consultation. To schedule yours, call 866-916-4844 or just contact our office online.