It can be difficult to determine awards for partial permanent disability. New Jersey determines compensation for partial permanent disability more than any other state. Millville Workers' Compensation lawyers affirm that it can be an intimidating and confusing process to determine just what sort of compensation you are owed for a partial permanent disability injury. For this reason, it is important to find an effective Workers' Compensation lawyer.
Defining Partial Permanent Disability
Partial permanent disability compensations are just one of two kinds of indemnity payments that New Jersey uses. The other, temporary disability benefits, relies upon lost wages to determine the award given. Partial permanent disability, however, depends upon loss of function overall to define compensation. A partial permanent disability may not necessarily hinder a worker's ability to do their job, but will affect them in their daily lives in some way. Sports, hobbies, housework, and other similar activities can all be affected by partial permanent disability, and can all be compensated under New Jersey Workers' Compensation laws.
How Judges Determine Award of Partial Permanent Disability
There is a specific testimony that a judge must hear in order to award partial permanent disability to a claimant. First, a claimant needs to show objective evidence that they are physically impaired in some way. Surgical or MRI records can easily prove this aspect of the testimony. In addition, the claimant's description of the injury's aftermath is also important. The judge must take into consideration the nature and extent of the claimant's complaints. The effect that the injury has on daily life and activity must be fully described in detail in order to help the claimant's testimony.
Partial Permanent Disability and Surgery
Partial permanent disability awards in New Jersey are particularly common in cases which require surgery. As long as the claim petition is filed in the Division of Workers' Compensation, the worker will be eligible. Once this has been done, it is simply a matter of submitting surgical records and testifying to the impairment that the surgery has had on non-work-related activities. Generally speaking, an injury requiring surgery will almost always lead to some form of partial permanent disability compensation, unless the claimant themselves specifically testifies that the injury does not affect their non-work lives in any way.
Millville Workers' Compensation Lawyers at Rone & Kowalski, LLC Fight for Partial Permanent Disability Awards in New Jersey
If you feel that you or someone that you know is eligible for a partial permanent disability award or some other form or Workers' Compensation in New Jersey, then the skilled Millville Workers' Compensation lawyers at Rone & Kowalski, LLC are prepared to help you. From our offices in Milmay, New Jersey, we serve clients throughout South Jersey, including Vineland, Bridgeton, Millville, Buena Vista, Maurice River Township, Upper Deerfield Township, Greenwich Township, Stow Creek Township, and all of Cumberland County. Call us at 609-476-4044 x 203 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation with us.