Seattle, Washington, Disability Attorneys
When you have returned to work following an industrial injury and there is no further treatment, a doctor assesses permanent disability (loss of bodily function). Your claim will be ready for closure. Your attending physician can rate your disability. The Department of Labor & Industries or self-insured employer can also schedule a defense medical examination, commonly called an “independent” medical examination or IME. These one-time examining doctors can determine whether or not an injured worker receives a permanent partial disability award for their injuries.
Workers’ compensation benefits received for permanent partial disability (PPD) are set by law. Loss of function and such things as muscle wasting, permanent nerve damage, or X-ray or MRI findings determine the amount of PPD paid. If there is reason to believe the doctor did not correctly rate work impairment, the award can be appealed with the help of a skilled workers’ compensation lawyer.
Do not give up on getting the full amount of benefits you deserve simply because you need money now. Unlike a third-party claim, cashing the PPD check does not prevent appeal of the closing order. It is important, however, that you begin working with an attorney immediately, to prepare the timely protest or appeal (60 days) of the closing order.
Contact The Walthew Law Firm, Your Local PPD Attorneys
For more information or to schedule an appointment with an experienced Seattle, Everett, Renton and Bellevue work injury lawyer regarding a permanent partial disability claim that resulted from a work injury or occupational disease, please contact us.