If your workplace injury resulted in a physical impairment where will never fully heal, you are entitled to claim workers' compensation permanent disability benefits. The state Division of Workers' Compensation allows you to gain permanent disability if you are forever impeded from earning a living because of your injury.
These benefits are available to you whether you can resume working or whether your disability requires your early retirement. The amount you are awarded in compensation depends on several factors in the claims process, and you can greatly improve the likelihood that you will receive the disability benefits you deserve by working with an experienced Fresno workers' compensation attorney.
Our team at Berry, Smith & Bartell, a Professional Law Corporation has more than 130 years of combined experience, and includes a former workers' compensation judge. We stand by you throughout the workers' compensation process, working diligently to help you achieve a successful outcome.
The process of being awarded permanent disability benefits begins with obtaining a medical prognosis which confirms that your condition will preclude the possibility of returning to work. Next, you will be assigned a disability rating, which is essentially a percentage of the degree to which your injury restricts your ability to work
Finally, you will either be awarded permanent partial disability (PPD) benefits, or permanent total disability (PTD) benefits, depending on whether you are fully incapacitated or are able to perform some type of work but will require a supplement to your income.