When most employees are injured at work, they take some time, have their medical bills covered, and are back to work with minimal effort or recovery time. For some, however, recovery is never fully completed.
Anyone who has achieved “maximum medical improvement” without recovering their full faculties may be eligible for permanent disability benefits under worker’s compensation. Permanent disability can range from minor yet permanent injuries, to permanent total disability. There are formulas in place for determining how much compensation an injured worker receives. All injuries fall into two categories: scheduled and unscheduled. Scheduled losses are calculated by weeks of payment. For example, the loss of a finger may result in 50 weeks of pay. Unscheduled losses are more complicated to calculate, and may require discussion or negotiation. If someone has been injured to an extent that precludes them from gainful employment in the future, and benefits may be collected for the rest of the employee’s life.
Of course, none of these benefits are likely to be offered to you directly. In order to collect the benefits you deserve following a permanent injury, make sure to work with a worker’s compensation attorney. It doesn’t matter if you suffer from something minor, like partial loss of eyesight, or something major like loss of limbs or internal injury…we are here to help you get the compensation you deserve.
If you have been injured at work and are not likely to recover fully, call us to discuss the details of your potential case. We are here to make sure you get everything you deserve.