Workers Compensation Insurance and Benefits:
Employers purchase workers compensation insurance in order to cover expenses related to an employee’s illness or injury. This is a state mandated program that allows payments which are required by law to be made to an employee that has endured an injury or was disabled on the job. In most situations the injured employee receives workers compensation benefits regardless of who was at fault for the injury. This helps to prevent the employee from suing their employer for the injuries that are being covered. The payments are normally modest, however, workers compensation insurance covers medical care from the injury or illness, replacement income, costs for retraining, compensation for any permanent injuries as well as benefits to survivors of workers who are killed on the job.
A Few Statistics Regarding Non-English Speakers in The United States:
- More than 44.5 million immigrants resided in the United States in 2017, a historical high since census records have been kept.
- One in seven U.S. residents are foreign born, according to 2017 American Community Survey (ACS) data.
- Including non-citizen residents, there are around 66 million U.S. residents ages 5 and older who speak a language other than English at home.
Situations oftentimes occur where employees get injured on the job and have to deal with a workers compensation case. Getting injured on the job and dealing with the rigors of filing, understanding, reading and discussing the details involved is overly stressful. Doctors appointments, follow ups and phone calls all are to be expected when dealing with a workers’ compensation case, but what happens when you throw a language barrier in to the already hectic mix…
Language Services For Workers Compensation Cases:
Injured workers who are actively dealing with a workers’ compensation case experience pain and suffering, stress, loss of work, a cut in income and often struggle to regain independence in their lives due to the unfavourable situation they are in. A language barrier is icing on the cake, but luckily there are professional language service companies (LSC) who specialize in easing the confusion and allowing the non-English speaking individual the ability to accurately understand information and express themselves to others who do not speak their language.
LSC’s provide technical translation services that greatly aid in allowing the injured worker to read and understand any documentation they are filling out. The act of having these documents translated allows the non-English speaker to fully comprehend the information they are reading and it also allows them to feel more comfortable providing personal information or details regarding the injury and incident. There are also various interpretation services that break down language barriers and facilitate communication when individuals need to exchange information but do not speak the same language. On-site interpretation, telephone interpretation and video remote interpreting (VRI) are all various forms of interpretation services used to bridge language gaps. In workers compensation cases there are oftentimes many doctors appointments and meetings with lawyers, there needs to be a professional interpreter there as to ensure all parties are on the same page when such important information is being discussed.
Don’t allow a language barrier to cause further stress and misunderstandings for the employee, employer or any of the individuals who are working on the case. Hire Niki’s Int’l Ltd. to aid you in breaking down language barriers faced during a workers compensation case. With over 20 years of experience they are sure to accurately and efficiently aid you and your employee in successfully completing the process of a workers compensation case.
Niki’s Int’l Ltd. is a WBENC-Certified Women Business Enterprise with 20 years of language service experience. A global network of highly skilled interpreters and translators are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for on-site, telephonic and video remote interpretation services. Our linguists are available in over 350 languages and dialects, and our network includes certified interpreters and translators. Our work is guaranteed with a $1 Million Errors & Omissions policy, so that you can be confident that your project will be completed with the highest level of quality and professionalism within the field. For more information contact us at 1-877-567-8449 or visit our website at www.nilservices.com.