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How Is A Permanent Injury Valued?

If the doctor finds that you have a permanent injury, you are entitled to compensation for that based upon your ability to return back to work. We have the obligation to show how the injury affected your ability to earn wages.

There are three ways that we can put a value on a workers’ compensation case with a permanent injury:

1. The first is based upon the impairment rating or percentage of loss of use of the body part that the doctor assigns;
2. Second is based upon an inability to return to the wages that you were making before you got hurt; and
3. Third is based upon your inability to return to work in any competitive employment for your lifetime.

The law changed in 2011, which affects some of the injured workers’ benefits. We will be certain to look at the date of injury and address how the changes in the law affect your benefits.

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