The rules and laws of workers compensation can quickly get confusing, even to those of us who work with them each and every day. It isn't always common that you pay that much attention to laws in general unless it directly impacts you, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. There are so many things that we have to worry about from day to day, it often seems almost silly to put effort into learning the intricacies of something that may never be needed. Due to this, however, you may not know exactly what workers compensation benefits you should be getting if you were hurt. While we do suggest you hire an attorney, you can get a small overview of some of the benefits you may be entitled to right here. Just remember that this is not a comprehensive list and speaking with a licensed attorney is always going to be your best option. One of the most common questions that we are asked is “Why don’t I have my money yet”. While there are any number of reasons for this depending on your claim and injury, it should be noted that wage replacement does not occur for the first seven days of missing work as a result of your injury. If you miss more than twenty one days, then you will be compensated for those first seven that were missed as well. It may also come on a different schedule than you were expecting depending on your normal pay periods. Normally they are made weekly, but it is always best to talk to your attorney to be sure. Your lost wage compensation will come at 66 2/3% of your average weekly pay. As of 2017, that number is capped at $978 regardless of how much you make. This is meant to be adjusted annually and may change soon in the future, so always be sure to double check just in case you hit that pay bracket. The weekly long-term benefits will continue until you are allowed to return to your normal work or until an agreement or settlement is reached between all parties involved, including yourself. Workers compensation benefits are difficult to figure out, but we are here to help. If you have been hurt and want to file a claim, call Collier Law Firm today for your free consultation and see what benefits we can help you get!