What is a Permanency Award?

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Kyle E. Wright
10/11/22 10:46 AM
Tags: Personal Injury

Workplace injuries can severely impair someone's ability to function normally. Most often, worker's comp and permanent disability benefits help people recover from these injuries.

But first, the basics of workers' compensation

Workers' comp is a monetary payment paid by an employee's company when they get hurt at work. It covers lost wages and medical expenses, among other things. It provides benefits to the injured employee at the cost of relinquishing their right to take any additional legal action against the employer in relation to the accident.

Permanency Awards

Permanent disability benefits are different than other types of payments, such as medical, rehabilitation, and retraining. A permanency award is a kind of insurance. They're given when an employee loses bodily function, such as a limb or organ. In some states, however, losing bodily function doesn't necessarily mean they'll lose their job, though still, if the injury impairs their ability to perform their duties, they may receive a reward.

What is a Permanency Award?

How permanent awards are granted

The number of weeks of pay an employee receives for a permanent position is determined by the type of injury suffered (e.g., amputation), the extent of the loss (e.g., partial vs. total limb), and the employee's average weekly wage.

Compensation level: Some states have two kinds of awards: schedulable and unschedulable. Both are determined by the percentage of impairment. Evaluation of impairment takes place after an injured person has reached maximum medical improvement (as decided by a physician). It will then be judged whether the accident had a permanent impact on everyday life.

Questions About Permanency Awards

Do you need help deciding if you or someone you care about needs a permanent award?

We'll walk you through the workers' comp process and help you figure out how much you should get paid for your injury.

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Author: Kyle E. Wright     Published: 10/11/22 10:46 AM     Tags: Personal Injury


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