Work-related injuries are prevalent. According to the United States Department of Labor, more than 5,000 workers succumbed to work-related injuries in 2017. This translates to more than 99 deaths every week and 14 every day. The report also revealed that a majority of work-related injuries were as a result of falls, electrocutions, caught-in/between and being struck by an object.
Other than death, work-related injuries can also result in physical damage, emotional trauma, and illness. In this article, we shall look into one kind of injury that arises from a work-related injury, and that is a permanent partial disability.
Permanent partial disability (PPD) lawsuits are one of the most common types of workers’ comp cases today, accounting for more than 50% of all the claims in the US. PPD can arise due to an occupational disease or job-related injury. It means that the injured person has suffered some kind of permanent disability that makes it hard for them to carry out their regular duties as they normally would. PPD differs from total disability where the injured employee cannot work completely or is seen as totally disabled due to complete paralysis, loss of both hands or both eyes.
Workers compensations and PPD
Workers who are injured on the job could be entitled to a settlement. When it’s determined that the injury or illness arose from work-related activities or while at work, the workers’ comp insurance will take care of the benefits. Standards benefits consist of money for medical expenses (inclusive of current and future medication and therapy bills), partial wage reimbursement, and the transport costs to and from the health facility. This settlement is meant to help the victim get better and resume their work as soon as they can.
But what happens when an employee is badly hurt and can never resume their work?
PPD can occur due to different job-related injuries, from mental issues to physical injuries and stuff. Injuries include traditional physical job injuries include amputations, burns or herniated disk as well as an occupational illness like lung infection due to exposure to toxic fumes or asbestos. Common types of permanent partial disability include vision loss, knee injuries, back injuries, hearing loss, fingers or entire limbs amputation, carpal tunnel syndrome, and PTSD.
As stated earlier, the settlement will cover medical expenses as well as some percentage of weekly lost wages. Victims may also get a lump sum or structured compensation award for a work-related injury leading to PPD. Usually, the board in charge of compensation will look at a range of factors to come up with the settlement amount, like the disability rating, victim’s age, education level, suitability for other work and work history. The board may also consider the sociological and psychological factors like criminal history, immediate family support and care, mental stability, and so on.
Employees who feel as though they are not getting enough compensation for their injuries or illness are advised to lawyer up. Working with experienced lawyers like those from Walthew Law Firm is an excellent way for victims to ensure they are getting maximum compensation for their losses.