Work injuries are not uncommon in Van Nuys and the surrounding areas. In most cases, injury victims are able to make a complete recovery. However, there are times when a work injury or illness is so severe that it leaves a victim permanently disabled. At Koszdin, Fields, Sherry & Katz, our team is standing by to help if you need a Van Nuys workers’ compensation permanent disability attorney. Our team will thoroughly investigate your claim, help you handle any appeals, and work to ensure that you receive the compensation you are entitled to.
In order for a person to be eligible for permanent disability benefits as a result of a work injury in Van Nuys, they will need to have medical proof from a doctor saying that they have reached what is considered maximum medical improvement (MMI). This typically means that their recovery has reached a plateau, and they will not likely recover any more within the next year, even if they receive further medical treatment.
After a person has reached maximum medical improvement, the temporary disability benefits they have been receiving will end. If a person is unable to go back to work because their injury or illness left them with permanent physical or mental limitations, they may be entitled to permanent disability (PD).
The total amount of compensation for an injury that leaves a permanent physical or mental disability will depend on the extent of the disability. In general, we will see that there are two categories for permanent disability benefits – total disability and partial disability.
In the vast majority of cases, a person will only be able to receive total permanent disability if they are not expected to be able to work in any capacity for the rest of their life. Total permanent disability is fairly rare for workers’ compensation cases. Often, these cases will revolve around instances where a person has lost sight in both eyes, lost the use of both limbs, or has experienced total paralysis. A total disability could also be awarded if an injury significantly affects a person’s cognitive abilities.
If a person’s disability rating is less than 100%, the total amount that they will receive for their disability checks, and the length of time that those payments will last, will depend on their percentage of disability. The rules for determining a person’s disability rating are complicated, and we strongly urge you to contact our Van Nuys workers’ compensation attorneys so they can help you through this process.
If you or somebody you love has been permanently disabled as a result of an on-the-job injury or illness, please seek legal assistance as soon as possible. The attorneys at Koszdin, Fields, Sherry & Katz have extensive experience handling these claims, and we understand what it takes to secure full compensation for our clients. We will conduct a full investigation into your claim, help determine the extent of your disability, and work to ensure that you are properly compensated. When you need a Van Nuys workers’ compensation permanent disability attorney, you can reach out to us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling 800-747-3447.