What are Workers’ Compensation Permanent Disability Benefits?By Kenton Koszdin Law Office on July 1, 2013 | In Workers Compensation
In California, workers’ compensation pays several kinds of benefits. One type of benefit workers’ compensation offers to qualifying workers is the permanent disability (PD) benefit. These benefits support workers who suffer any lasting disability from a work-related injury or illness that prevents them from earning the kind of living they did before.
A determination of permanent disability is based on a doctor’s examination. The doctor must determine that your injury or illness has stabilized, and that it is not likely to get either better or worse. Then, the doctor makes a report as to whether you have a permanent disability and, if so, to what extent your PD affects your ability to work.
These findings are turned into an “impairment rating,” which is used to calculate the amount of permanent disability benefits you can receive under workers’ compensation. However, if you return to work with your former employer at 85 percent or more of your former wages, or if you work for any employer at 100 percent of your former wages, you cannot receive PD benefits even if you have a permanent disability.
If you disagree with a finding that deems you ineligible for PD benefits or with your impairment rating, you are allowed to appeal the findings or to ask for another medical review.
If you’ve been injured on the job, don’t wait: call focused southern California workers’ compensation attorney Kenton Koszdin. We can help you file an initial claim for benefits or appeal or challenge a denial or the benefits amount received or an impairment rating. Your initial consultation with our office is free and confidential.