2013 Changes to Workers Compensation Benefits: More money; Less medical treatment.

Beginning July 01, 2013, the Maximum Workers Comp benefit is $525 per week (raised from $500 per week). The maximum Temporary Partial Payment is now $350 per week.  That’s good news.  The bad news is our Legislature has now capped the amount of medical treatment an injured worker can receive from “life time” benefits to 400 weeks. The only exception to this is for injuries that are deemed “Catastrophic” under 34-9-200.1(g). This restriction on medical benefits limits the amount of medical treatment the insurance company is required to provide. Thus saving them a lot of money. Most injuries do not require treatment lasting longer than 400 weeks, but those who need continuing treatment and MEDICATIONS, will surely feel the effects of the change.

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