Recently, the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation decided to change its policy regarding certain awards of compensation. At times, an injured worker may be eligible for an additonal award of compensation due to the loss of a body part, or the loss of use of a body part. Previously, when this award was granted, the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation would pay the award over a period of weeks, based on the number of weeks for the particular loss outlined in the statute.
The Bureau of Workers’ Compensation has now decided that these awards shall be paid out, upon final decision, in one lump sum. This allows the injured worker to receive the compensation for the loss sustained all at once, rather than having to wait and receive the award over a period of time.
This policy is not scheduled to go in to effect until October 12, 2010.