Permanent Disability Laws in Georgia
In the state of Georgia, permanent disability benefits are available to workers who have suffered serious injuries on the job. Specifically, permanent disability benefits, also known as permanent partial disability benefits (PPD), provide financial support to employees who have lost the permanent use of a part of the body. A doctor will need to determine if you are eligible for PPD benefits, and will provide a bodily loss rating that the court will use to determine your settlement.
You may be able to receive PPD benefits if you have suffered permanent damage to a part of your body, including:
For example, if you have suffered permanent hearing loss due to excessively loud noises at work, you have lost an eye in a workplace accident, or your hand has been crushed by a machine while performing work duties, you may be able to receive PPD benefits. In addition, your doctor can provide a rating for your body as a whole if you have lost the use of a large part of your body through paralysis. Our firm will analyze your situation and discuss your options for pursuing a settlement.
What Does PPD Provide?
PPD benefits will help cover the cost of living, medical bills, lost wages, and other expenses resulting from your disability. Your employer will provide up to 2/3 of your regular rate of pay, and your doctor’s rating will determine how many weeks your PPD payments will last. It is important to note that PPD benefits will not become available until your temporary workers’ comp benefits have stopped. That is why you should see a doctor and receive a rating before your temporary benefits cease.
Knowledgeable Workers’ Comp Attorneys Serving Atlanta
The Law Offices of Nathaniel F. Hansford, LLC has guided hundreds of clients to successful legal outcomes. If you have suffered an injury, we will discuss your options for pursuing permanent partial disability benefits. Our Atlanta workers’ compensation lawyers stay up to date on federal and state laws, and will help ensure you don’t miss any important deadlines. We will work with your doctor to get a bodily loss rating, and will fight on your behalf as you seek the maximum amount of compensation available.
If you have been injured at work, call us today at (770) 629-9321. We will discuss your situation in a free consultation.