Compensation For Work Injuries That Leave You Permanently Disabled
Sometimes, a work injury or illness can be so severe that you are permanently unable to return to work. Not only do you face mounting medical bills, but you also have to worry about how to feed your family as you move forward. If you find yourself in this situation, the workers’ compensation attorneys at Jacobs, Schwalbe & Petruzzelli, P.C. in Cherry Hill can help you obtain the benefits you deserve.
To qualify for workers’ compensation permanent total disability benefits, you must prove that you suffered a substantial loss that you cannot recover from. At some point after your medical treatments, a doctor will determine that you have reached maximum medical improvement, which means that there is no possibility for you to recover further. Depending on the severity of your disability, the doctor will rate your injury and determine whether you qualify for benefits. For example, catastrophic injuries such as paralysis and traumatic brain injury likely qualify for permanent total disability benefits.
Under New Jersey state law, a worker who suffered a job-related injury that resulted in a total permanent disability can receive weekly disability payments for 450 weeks. After 450 weeks, the benefits can continue if they are still unable to work and earn an income. The amount that they receive is based on 70% of the weekly wages they earned at the time of their injury. However, the weekly salary is subject to a minimum of 20% and a maximum of 75% of New Jersey’s statewide average weekly wages.
Discuss Your Claim With an Experienced Workers’ Compensation Attorney Today
If you suffered a serious work-related injury and now have a permanent disability, it is vital to contact an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer as soon as possible to discuss your options and best path forward. To schedule a free consultation at Jacobs, Schwalbe & Petruzzelli, P.C., call 856-528-7991 or fill out an online contact form.