If you are injured on the job or suffer a disease caused by or aggravated by your job, you may have a right to:

  1. Tax free temporary Workers’ Compensation benefits of 70% of total wages up to $871 per week in 2016;
  2. State temporary disability benefits, if you are denied Workers’ Compensation and, possibly, long-term disability benefits;
  3. Free medical care for your work related injury or disease from a doctor chosen by your employer; and if treatment is not provided, your attorney my file a motion for treatment and you will not be charged in advance for these legal services;
  4. Partial or total disability benefits if your work related injury or disease is permanent;
  5. Continuous or intermittent leave under the Family Medical Leave Act of up to 3 months  if you worked in a company with more than 50 workers for more than 12 months;
  6. Reasonable accommodation by your employer for your disability, as long as you can perform the essential functions of your job;
  7. Compensation from a third party, not your employer or fellow employee, if your accident or illness was caused by a third party;
  8. Compensation for exposure to dangerous chemicals or asbestos from the companies where you were exposed and also from the companies that manufactured, utilized or distributed products;
  9. Protection under your union contract if you are in a union and, if there is no union, you have a right to join a union without being discriminated against;
  10. All of the above rights, free from retaliation or discrimination because you seek any of these rights.