Calculating Permanent Partial Disability Benefits
Under New Jersey workers’ compensation law, if you have suffered a workplace accident or occupational illness that results in a permanent disability, you may be entitled to disability benefits. Our New Jersey workers’ compensation attorneys will help you get the full compensation that you deserve.
How to Calculate Permanent Partial Disability Benefits
The complexity of calculating permanent partial disability benefits depends on your particular impairment. Some illnesses or injuries are on a chart that is published each year by the New Jersey Division of Workers’ Compensation. Other illnesses, which may not be on this chart but still deserving of benefits, will be more difficult to calculate.
Illnesses or Injuries On the Chart
If you have suffered a loss that is on the chart, such as the amputation of your fingers, a hand, or a foot in a construction accident or if you became deaf or blind as the result of a chemical explosion, your permanent disability can be clearly determined. The chart, which lists different injured body parts, assigns dollar values to percentages of disability ranging from 1% to 100%. In other words, this is the percentage of the loss of the use of the body part and the impact on your ability to do your job, which will determine the amount of compensation you are eligible to receive.
Illness or Injuries NOT on the Chart
If your illness or injury is not listed on the chart, your New Jersey workers’ compensation attorney will have a more difficult time calculating the benefit for a permanent partial disability. You will most likely need to attend a medical examination conducted by both your attorney’s choice of physician as well as your employer’s. Then using the evaluation, you lawyer will fight to get you the full compensation you are entitled to.
Contact an Experienced New Jersey Workers’ Compensation Attorney
For more information about the objective requirements of proving a permanent partial disability claim or for general information regarding filing a workers’ compensation claim in New Jersey, call the Law Offices of Dan T. Matrafajlo at (908) 248-4404.
We will schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our experienced New Jersey workman’s compensation lawyers to provide you with the information you need and assist you in getting the maximum benefits to which you are entitled. We have offices in Elizabeth, North Brunswick and Newark, New Jersey to better serve you.