Permanent disability is a benefit to offset inability to work due to workers comp injuries and is based on impairment. How impaired is the injured worker due to the workers compensation injury? Impairment in workers comp injuries is usually based on the American Medical Association (AMA) guidelines to permanent impairment. However, it is important to note that workers comp impairment is NOT workers comp permanent disability. This is a common misconception regarding California workers compensation laws and benefits.
Workers Comp Permanent disability takes into account several other factors to determine final Permanent Disability. Permanent Disability is adjusted for: age, occupation, FEC, wages, and apportionment. This then gets paid out bi-weekly at your workers comp weekly disability rate. You should always obtain a DEU rating or adjust impairment to final PD before discussing the value of your permanent disability.
As a workers compensation case can be so incredibly complex it is best that only an experience Orange County workers compensation attorney handle your claim. This will give you peace of mind knowing that all administrative aspects, deadlines and other issues regarding your claim are handled appropriately.