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What are workers’ compensation benefits?

Posted: Oct 13, 2014
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Section 401.011(31) says that “Medical benefit means a payment for health care reasonably required by the nature of a compensable injury and intended to (A) cure or relieve the effects naturally resulting from the compensable injury, including reasonable expenses incurred by the employee for necessary treatment to cure and relieve the employee from the effects of an occupational disease before and after the employee knew or should have known the nature of the disability and its relationship to the employment; (B) promote recovery; or (C) enhance the ability of the employee to return to or retain employment. Section 401.011(25) says that “Income benefit means a payment made to an employee for a compensable injury.  The term does not include a medical benefit, death benefit, or burial benefit.”  There are four categories of income benefits, which are as follows:  Temporary Income Benefits (TIBs), Impairment Income Benefits (IIBs), Supplemental Income Benefits (SIBs), and Lifetime Income Benefits (LIBs). Section 401.011(13) says that “Death benefit means a payment made under this subtitle to a legal beneficiary because of the death of an employee.”

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