As workers’ comp attorneys certified specialists by the California State Bar Association, we understand how confusing and overwhelming the workers’ comp process can be for injured workers. One aspect of workers’ comp that can be particularly challenging to navigate is permanent disability benefits. In this post, we’ll provide an overview of permanent disability benefits in California workers’ comp and offer tips on how to maximize your benefits.
What Are Permanent Disability Benefits?
Permanent disability benefits are designed to provide financial support to workers who have sustained a permanent impairment as a result of a workplace injury. There are two types of permanent disability benefits: total and partial. Total permanent disability benefits are provided to workers who have lost the ability to earn a living in any capacity. Partial permanent disability benefits are provided to workers who have suffered a permanent impairment but are still able to work in some capacity.
Factors That Affect Permanent Disability Benefits
The amount of permanent disability benefits you receive depends on a number of factors, including the nature and severity of your injury, your age, your occupation, and your earning capacity. The calculation process can be complex, and it’s important to work with an experienced workers’ comp attorney to ensure that you receive the maximum benefits you’re entitled to.
How Permanent Disability Benefits Are Calculated
The calculation process for permanent disability benefits takes into account a number of factors, including your disability rating, your occupation, and your earning capacity. Your disability rating is determined by a doctor who evaluates the extent of your permanent impairment. Your occupation and earning capacity are also taken into account to determine how your injury will impact your ability to earn a living in the future.
Common Questions About Permanent Disability Benefits
One common question we hear from injured workers is whether they can still work and receive permanent disability benefits. The answer is yes, you can still work and receive partial permanent disability benefits. The benefits are designed to compensate you for the permanent impairment that affects your earning capacity, not for your inability to work altogether.
Another question we hear frequently is how long permanent disability benefits last. The length of time you receive benefits depends on the severity of your injury and your disability rating. In some cases, you may be entitled to receive benefits for the rest of your life.
Maximizing Your Permanent Disability Benefits
To maximize your permanent disability benefits, it’s important to work with an experienced workers’ comp attorney who can help you navigate the process and ensure that you receive the full and fair compensation you deserve. It’s also important to communicate effectively with your doctor and be proactive about your medical treatment.
At McMonagle Steinberg, our certified specialists have extensive experience helping injured workers navigate the workers’ comp process and receive the benefits they’re entitled to. If you’ve suffered a permanent impairment as a result of a workplace injury, don’t hesitate to contact us for a free consultation. We’ll work tirelessly to ensure that you receive the support and compensation you need to recover.