What Injuries are Considered Permanent Disability?
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, in the city of San Antonio between the years 2012 to 2016, more than 10% of all San Antonians aged 65 or younger were living with some form of disability. What most people don’t realize is that a disability can linger for months or years, depending upon the circumstances and available treatment options.
Under the continuing disability review policy, disability claims are periodically reviewed and updated by the Social Security Administration. Sometimes it can become more difficult for Texans with disabilities to maintain the full extent of their original claim as time passes and their predicament develops. However, this is true more often with disabilities that eventually heal or diminish.
If your disability can be considered a ‘permanent disability,’ your disability claim can help provide for your treatment and quality of life for the rest of your life. By definition, ‘permanent injury’ is an injury that affects a person’s ability to work and reduces range of activity when attempting to return to work following the incident.Partial Permanent Disability
‘Partial permanent disability’ is perhaps the most common form of permanent disability. Partial permanent disability (or PPD) can range from an injury that occurred on the job, for example, if a piece of machinery caused the loss of a limb. It can also include the presence of a disease which can be traced back to the conditions of your work environment, such as if you are exposed to harmful fumes in your workplace and develop a respiratory disease that can be eventually treated.What Injuries Can be Considered Permanent Disability?
Every place of employment certainly possesses its own set of daily risks; some are certainly more dangerous than others. Work environments that include heavy machinery or harmful chemicals can seem like obvious examples, but an office or commute-heavy job offers an entirely different set of hazards as well.
Identifying the specific characteristics of your injuries and their sources can help you determine whether they can be considered permanent, and if so, how much disability compensation you are entitled to. Thus, second only to experienced legal guidance, a keen and competent doctor’s diagnosis (or lack thereof) can go a long way towards determining the strength of your claim.
Some examples of the most common injuries which are considered permanent disability include:
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Cardiovascular or respiratory disease
- Hearing or vision loss
- Nerve damage
- Musculoskeletal disorders
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
Although you do not need to be permanently disabled to receive Social Security benefits, permanent disability may allow for extended Social Security coverage. For this to be true, you must first be certifiably disabled per the Social Security Administration’s definition of a disability. Understanding the extent your injuries can help you determine if you qualify as ‘disabled’ under the official definition.
During a disability settlement, there is always a chance that your claim will get rejected at any point in the process. The parameters of Social Security disability benefits are constantly being re-evaluated, so you should always remain vigilant and stay on top of your situation. In both preventing and in appealing denied claims, attorneys can be instrumental.Carabin Shaw Attorneys Are Here for You
When dealing with a permanent injury disability that forever alters your capability to earn a living, guidance from a San Antonio work injury accident attorney can help you determine what compensation you are owed, and whether your injuries are considered permanent disability.
If you or someone you care about is coping with a permanent disability, it is important to understand that you have options, and you deserve a full and properly compensated life. Fortunately, the lawyers from law firm of Carabin Shaw are available 24/7 to help you navigate the complicated circumstances surrounding your permanent disability.
We believe that every San Antonio worker is entitled to a fair and full opportunity to secure reparations after your life changes forever in the form of a permanent disability. To find out more about how you can obtain full compensation for your disabilities, contact a knowledgeable Carabin Shaw attorney today.
Our team of San Antonio workers’ compensation lawyers offer all potential clients a free initial consultation in order to answer all your questions about permanent disability claims and equip you with a basic understand of how Social Security defines disability and how it applies to you.
Call our attorneys’ offices in San Antonio at 210.222.2288, or day or night, toll-free at 1.800.862.1260, to set up your free consultation today.