If you have already filed a workers’ compensation claim and reached maximum medical improvement but are still suffering from work-related injuries, you may be eligible for permanent impairment benefits. Depending on the extent of your injuries, you may or may not be able to return to work. Luckily, in North Carolina, permanently injured workers can be eligible for two types of permanent impairment benefits:
Permanent Partial Disability
Permanent partial disability benefits (PPD benefits) are paid to workers who have a permanent physical impairment but are able to return to some type of employment. These benefits are paid to the injured worker based on a disability rating provided by the authorized treating physician, or a wage difference claim if able to return to work at a lower rate of pay.
Permanent Total Disability
If a worker is unable to return to any kind of employment following an on-the-job injury, he or she is entitled to permanent total disability benefits (PTD benefits). These benefits are defined as two-thirds of the worker’s wages for a period up to 500 weeks from the date of injury or longer, depending on the injury. Entitlement to benefits is subject to the worker’s restrictions, job experience, training and available jobs in the area.
In order for an injured worker to receive total disability benefits, they cannot be capable of returning to any type of suitable employment, even if it is part-time or a lower paying job.
Ask About Your Eligibility For Benefits
The attorneys at Titsworth Law Offices, P.A., can help to assess the extent of your injuries and whether you may qualify for disability benefits. To speak one-on-one with a lawyer, you can call 919-297-2372 or email us.
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