Permanent Partial or Total Disability
California workers’ compensation laws provide specific coverage for individuals who have been injured on the job, whether that injury results in a few lost days of work or permanent disability. Ideally, your medical care and needs will be covered after your injury, but some types of workplace injuries and illnesses result in long term issues. When you have a long-term injury, you may not be able to regain your original good health and condition. Once you’ve attained the maximum amount of medical improvement possible, you could be entitled to financial compensation for any remaining disability or impairment.Eligibility for an Award of Permanent Disability
When an injured worker’s medical condition has reached Maximal Medical Improvement, or Permanent and Stationary status, a doctor may assess how much, if any, permanent impairment results from a work injury. If a disability is rated under the 2005 Schedule for Rating Permanent Disabilities, an injured worker may see the term Maximal Medical Improvement (MMI) used in place of Permanent and Stationary.Difference Between Permanent Partial and Total Disability
Continued disability compensation for the lasting effects of injuries or illnesses depends mostly on the nature and extent of an impairment. An injured worker may be eligible for Permanent Total Disability if not anticipated to be able to work in any capacity. A Santa Ana Workers’ Compensation Attorney may be able to help determine whether an injured worker is entitled to Permanent Partial or Permanent Total disability benefits.Some Injuries can’t be Fixed
Some injuries are simply too severe or significant to be fully cured; if you have suffered a workplace injury that results in a permanent disability or impairment, you may be entitled to compensation. Permanent partial disability claims are often undervalued by insurance companies, meaning you will have to fight for proper compensation for your injuries. A Santa Ana Permanent Disability Attorney can help fight for your rights and ensure you know everything you are entitled to. You can also learn more about your options when it comes to permanent disability and Social Security benefits.Workplace Injuries can Change Your Life
A significant fall, burn, or even hearing loss related to your employment could impact your life in a big way. If you are not able to be fully cured, your entire life will be changed. Even a modest impairment can impact your ability to work and earn a living and to enjoy your life. In some cases, you may not be able to resume your job at all. Your insurance company may hesitate to provide full indemnity for your injuries, despite the significant impact they have on your life.A Santa Ana Workers’ Compensation Attorney can Help
If you have been injured at work and have been offered far less than you expected, or your insurer refuses to cover your impairment or disability at all, we can help. A workers’ compensation attorney can help ensure you are treated fairly and that your rights are protected. A single injury or incident could change your life; if you have been injured, contact us to talk about your specific situation and to get the information you need to move forward.