Permanent and Temporary Disability Benefits
A California worker who has been injured on the job is eligible for temporary total disability benefits if the claim has been accepted and he or she has been deemed disabled by a doctor. This is the law in California. Even if the injury was caused by you, you are still eligible to receive those benefits if your doctor says you cannot work as a result of the injury.
Disability Benefits Lawyer in San Diego
The Law Office of Leslie S. Shaw, A P.C., in San Diego, California, can help you understand and access what you are eligible for in the claims process. Call 619-894-8543 for a free initial consultation.
Categories of benefits that may apply to your case include:
- Temporary disability benefits — These are payments that you receive for wages lost while recovering from a work injury. You can receive temporary disability benefits for up to a maximum of 104 weeks for any injury incurred after April 19, 2004, if your doctor agrees.
- Permanent disability benefits — Once you are diagnosed “permanent and stationary,” these are payments you receive to pay you for the level of disability that resulted from your work-related injury. This does not include pain and suffering, because workers’ compensation does not allow for this kind of benefit. Your amount of benefits will depend on the degree to which you have been designated as disabled.
- Medical benefits — This is the treatment required to cure or relieve the effects of your work injury.
- Temporary partial disability benefits — These are payments that you receive if you can do some work while you are recovering from a work injury but are earning less than you were prior to the injury.
If a doctor says that you have made the maximum medical improvement possible, which means that you will not benefit from any more medical treatment, then you may receive a designation of permanent partial disability (PPD) or permanent disability (PD).
We can pursue the maximum benefits possible in your situation and seek to overcome any issues that may be preventing you from obtaining rightfully deserved benefits for medical treatment.