Permanent partial disability benefits are paid to employees who have suffered a permanent injury on the job, but it has left them only partially disabled. These employees are not able to return to their previous positions and may only be capable of executing modified or lower-paying work.
These lasting impairments are determined after the employee has reached the level of “maximum medical improvement” and it has been determined that further treatment will not help improve their condition.
What is the Process For Evaluating an Injury?
Partial disability is determined by a workers’ comp review board who reviews the medical evaluations of the treating physicians and then determine a disability rating. A workers’ comp attorney can represent you during this determination process to ensure you are being fairly evaluated and he or she can help you get the maximum benefits you are entitled to.
Additionally, a workers' comp lawyer can help you if you disagree with the doctor’s assessment of your level of disability. Your workers' comp attorney may be able to help you obtain an independent medical evaluation and make sure the workers’ comp review board gets copies of the independent report prior to making a determination.
Why Seek Legal Advice?
It is important to have an attorney representing your best interests because the review board’s determination is directly related to the amount of monetary compensation you will receive from your claim. If you have a permanent partial disability as a result of a workplace injury then you may want to discuss your case with an attorney today. Having your own representation can give you the assurance that your case has been reviewed fairly. Connect with an attorney today.