Wyoming Workers' Compensation
Wyoming workers' compensation or workman's compensation is a no-fault insurance program provided by Wyoming employers to cover their employees in the case of a work injury. Workers' compensation in Wyoming provides medical benefits, wage loss compensation, vocational rehabilitation services and survivor benefits to workers who are injured while performing their normal job functions.
Wyoming's workers compensation is administered by Wyoming's Department of Employment who "provides information and quality services that promote economic security, fair employment, and safe work environments for our customers".
Wyoming work comp laws were created to eliminate the need for the employee, who has been injured on the job, to file a personal injury claim against their employer to receive compensation for their loss. Work comp in Wyoming will provide the worker with immediate work comp benefits regardless of who was at-fault for their Wyoming workplace injury.
Wyoming work compensation will not cover all Wyoming workplace injuries. Workers who intentionally injure themselves or others, who are intoxicated when they are injured, who are travelling to and from work, who are engaged in voluntary or social activities at work or who flagrantly disregard the safety procedures of the company may not qualify for Wyoming workman's comp benefits.
Hiring a Wyoming Workers' Compensation Lawyer
Wyoming workers' compensation lawyers specialize in assisting Wyoming workers who have been injured from a work injury and need assistance to file a Wyoming workman's comp claim.
If your company or private employer has refused to pay sufficient money for your Wyoming work comp claim, if you have been fired or discriminated against due to your Wyoming work injury or if you have been injured as a result of the negligence of a third party, a Wyoming work injury lawyer can help.
Not all Wyoming workers who are injured will need the assistance of a Wyoming work injury attorney, but if your Wyoming work injury is permanent or severe, contact a Wyoming workplace lawyer today. Need legal help getting benefits for your Wyoming workers compensation case? Simply complete our free form below to get started today!
Work Injuries Covered Under Wyoming Workers' Compensation
Wyoming workers' compensation does cover the majority of occupational illnesses and work injuries. Some of the most common work injuries can include the following: Abrasions, Burns, Back and neck injuries, Amputations of arms or legs, Concussions, Heart attack or strokes on the job, Carpal Tunnel, Diseases caused by inhalation of chemicals or other toxins, Bone fractures, Hernia, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), Torn Rotator Cuff, and many more.
Wyoming Workers' Compensation Benefits
Medical Benefits - Medical benefits are provided to Wyoming employees who are injured at work. Medical benefits can include paid medical care for all necessary and reasonable medical costs including: hospital services, doctor's visits, nursing services, medical supplies, prescribed medications, and laboratory services.
Unlike many other states, Wyoming employees have the legal right to choose their own treating physician, but they must receive written authorization to choose another doctor.
Temporary Total Disability Benefits (TTD) - Temporary total disability benefits (TTD) are paid to workers who have been injured at work and who are unable to temporarily return to their jobs due to the severity of their Wyoming workplace injury.
TTD benefits are not paid for the first 3 days of missed work. This is considered the "healing period" and, these days are not compensated until the worker has missed more than 8 days.
TTD benefits are paid at 2/3 of the injured worker's gross monthly wage at the time they were injured up to Wyoming's maximum allowable amount.
Temporary Partial Disability Benefits (TPD) - Temporary partial disability benefits may be paid to workers who are injured but who are able to return to light duty if they are unable to make a wage which is equal to their wages prior to their workplace injury.
TPD benefits are paid at 80% of the difference between the worker's wage before the work injury and after the work injury. TPD benefits cannot be more than 95% of the actual monthly earnings at the time of the work injury.
TPD benefits may be reduced if the worker refuses a light duty assignment.
Permanent Partial Disability Benefits (PPD) - Permanent partial disability benefits may be paid to Wyoming workers who are injured at work and suffer a permanent partial disability which remains after they reach their maximum medical improvement level.
To determine the compensation amount the treating physician can assess the worker and assign them an impairment rating. PPD benefits are paid each month based on this rating. Employees who disagree with the rating they have been given do have the opportunity to reject this rating and request an impairment review hearing.
Permanent Total Disability Benefits (PTD) - Permanent total disability benefits (PTD) are available for workers who have been permanently and totally impaired due to their work injury and are unable to return to any type of employment.
Initially, PTD benefits may be paid up to 80 weeks, but the employee may be eligible for extended benefits (as determined by the Workers' Safety and Compensation Division) if they are unable to work. There is no set percentage for PTD benefits.
Vocational Rehabilitation - Vocational rehabilitation benefits are offered to Wyoming workers who are injured at work and unable to return to their job. The benefits offered by each state will vary, but they generally include: job retraining, job placement, job evaluation, job counseling and job modification.
The goal of vocational rehabilitation is to help the Wyoming employee find suitable employment.
Death Benefits - Death benefits can be paid to the spouse and children of the deceased worker who has died as a result of their work injury or occupational illness.
Death benefits must be requested within one year from the date of the work injury death. Death benefits may be paid to the surviving children and spouse of the deceased and can include wage loss compensation which is a percentage of the worker's wage at the time of their death.
Children may receive death benefits until they are 18 years of age (maybe longer under certain conditions). Spouses may be entitled to death benefits for a total of 54 months.
Burial expenses may be paid up to the state's maximum allowable amount which is currently $5,000 and an additional $5,000 may be provided for related expenses.