A settlement is an official agreement intended to resolve a dispute or conflict. Often this means you do not get everything you are entitled to, but get it sooner. On the other hand, Permanent Partial Disability is the amount you are entitled to because you were injured on the job and you are not able to do what you once could with that body part. The amount you will receive, if any, is calculated by a rating exam, referenced against a table of values, which varies depending on the year you were injured.
It is unfortunate, but often an injured worker has to fight to receive their Permanent Partial Disability. Often they are sent out to an Independent Medical Examiner (IME) where the doctor sees you for only a few minutes, but doesn’t see the entire picture.
Some attending physicians refuse to do rating exams; however, those that do often have a better understanding of an injured worker’s medical situation, and may therefore be able to give you a more thorough exam. When your doctor determines that your injury or condition has reached maximum improvement, they may be willing to do your rating exam.
If you have a claim and you’re not getting treatment or other benefits, or you’re about to file a claim and would like a free consultation with a dedicated worker’s compensation attorney, contact Carlisle & Byers for a time to meet.
*The foregoing does not constitute legal advice, nor does it form a lawyer-client relationship between the reader and Carlisle & Byers, PLLC.