Although most workers tend to fully recover from their job injuries, some
continue to have serious, debilitating medical problems. A
permanent disability is any long lasting disability or illness that impacts a person’s
ability to work and earn a living. People with work-related injuries that
resulted in permanent disability are entitled to disability benefits,
even if they are able to go back to work.
However, permanent disability benefits can be limited. When a person loses
income from their inability to work, permanent disability benefits sometimes
aren’t enough to cover all of their lost income. Permanent disability
benefits do not cover losses unrelated to your ability to work.
Permanent disability benefits are determined by:
- The Date of the Injury
- Qualified Medical Evaluators
- The Level/ Percentage of Impairment
- Disability Evaluator or a Judge
Permanent disability ratings no longer account for an injured employee’s
future earning capacity. Additionally, sleep disorders or sexual dysfunction
that did not result directly from the person’s injuries are no longer
covered under permanent disability benefits.
How much a person is entitled to, depends on whether or not they have a
total or partial disability. Total disabilities are those that are so
physically or mentally debilitating that the worker is not expected to
be able to work in any capacity. This category is reserved for the most
serious injuries, like when a worker is blinded or loses their limbs.
In these cases, the worker is considered to have 100% disability and becomes
eligible to receive weekly payments for the same amount as their temporary
Do you have more questions about how to qualify for permanent disability
benefits? We can help. At the Law Offices of Wax & Wax, we help injured
workers seek the compensation that they deserve for their injuries or
disabilities. Let us put our experience to work for you today.
Contact our Glendale workers’ compensation attorney
to get started on your case today.