What If I Cannot Return to Work After My Injury?
You may have been wondering if and when you can return to work after your accident. Generally, you will be limited to 500 weeks of wage compensation. However, there are some exceptions, like if you have been severely injured on the job and are unable to return to work, you may qualify for permanent disability payments through workers’ compensation insurance. Proving permanent disability can be difficult and it requires a lot of evidence and medical documentation.
The first thing to think about is to determine if you suffered an injury that may automatically qualify for permanent disability through workers’ compensation. These are typically very serious injuries like spinal cord injuries with paralysis in more than one extremity. Also, an amputation of or severe inability to use at least two extremities (hands, arms, legs, or feet) may automatically qualify as well. Similarly, the loss of a limb greatly affects your ability to perform most jobs and even seemingly menial tasks.
Severe brain or head injuries are also usually approved, head injuries that usually qualify for permanent disability are evidenced by severe coordination or motor control difficulties, problems communicating, and more. Severe burns or total blindness may also automatically qualify.
If your injury is preventing you from performing in any line of work within a 50 mile radius of your home, you can still qualify.
Your ability to return to work is depends on your injuries as well as your job experience, training, and the job market in your location. We can help you sort through your medical records and testimony to figure out if you qualify for permanent total disability.
Many injured workers feel that they are being forced to return to work before they are ready, either by their employer or by their workers' compensation doctor. If you find yourself in this situation, you should seek the advice of an experienced workers' compensation lawyer before you say or do anything.
We’re Your Virginia Work Comp Experts
Virginia workers' compensation laws were written to help injured workers without the need of going through the court system. Unfortunately, businesses and their workers' compensation insurance companies can make obtaining the help you deserve more difficult than it should be.
Have you been injured on the job or contracted an illness due to an unhealthy work environment? If so, then the Norfolk workers’ compensation attorneys at Kalfus & Nachman PC can help you file your lawsuit. There are several laws that can effect on the outcome of your case, so it’s extremely important to have a workers' comp lawyer on your side to assist you through the entire process. Get help with your workers’ compensation lawsuit. Contact us today by calling (855) 880-8163.