Assuming your doctor or health care provider finds you are medically unable to return to work right away, you could be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits for lost wages. Normally you will receive your first weekly benefit check within 14 days after your employer’s workers’ compensation insurer receives authorization from your doctor. Note that these benefits will not replace 100 percent of your pre-accident wages. Rather, you are entitled to receive up to two-thirds of your prior average weekly wage.
If your work-related injury is more serious and you are never able to return to your prior job, you may apply for vocational assistance benefits, which can help you find new work. You may also be eligible for permanent disability benefits.