Partial Disability Legal Definition
“What is Partial Disability?”
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Partial Disability legal definition: Legally, the term partial disability refers to the permanent impairment caused by workplace injury that prevents the employee from performing their essential job duties without restrictions. Partial disability benefits come into play in workers’ compensation claims.
To be eligible for partial disability an injured worker must:
First be eligible to receive workers’ compensation benefits
File a workers’ compensation claim
Seek medical treatment pursuant to state guidelines
Continue prescribed medical treatment until you either fully recover or your doctor determines that you will recover no further – even if therapy or other measures are extended. Legally this is sometimes referred to as reaching “maximum medical improvement.”
In the event that an injured worker has reached maximum medical improvement, your doctor will likely perform a series of diagnostic tests to determine the extent of your disability, and whether or not your on-the-job injury caused any lasting health effects. These lasting health impacts are known in workers’ compensation law as impairments. Examples of these include:
Permanent vision or hearing loss
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or Acute Traumatic Stress Disorder
If you were seriously hurt on the job, have filed a workers’ compensation claim, and have questions about whether or not you are eligible for partial disability payments, the best thing you can do is call an experienced law firm. The skilled workers’ compensation attorneys at Pribanic & Pribanic have helped thousands of employees hurt on the job get the benefits they deserved for their injuries. Let them help you, too. Call today.
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