Workers’ compensation benefits: Permanent disability
Many of the on-the-job accidents that happen here in Maryland cause injuries from which an employee will more than likely recover. However, you may be one of the individuals who suffers such a severe injury that a full recovery is not possible. In that case, you may be wondering what type of workers’ compensation benefits you can receive to help with your financial situation since you may never be able to return to work, or at the very least, you may not be able to return to the work you did prior to the accident.
The Maryland workers’ compensation system does provide for permanent disability benefits. They come in two types: total and partial. If you receive permanent total disability, your injuries were such that you will never return to work again. Injuries that generally fall under this category include traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries and amputations.
On the other hand, you may have suffered a permanent disability, but it does not limit your abilities in the same way a total disability would. For instance, you may not be able to return to your old job, but you can still work in another field or industry. Even so, you may receive permanent partial disability benefits for these types of injuries.
Suffering a permanent disability will more than likely change your life forever. As you adjust to your new circumstances, the last thing you need is to worry about moving through the process of obtaining the benefits you need to move forward. Contacting a workers’ compensation attorney could help alleviate your concerns and obtain the benefits to which you are entitled.