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What Does It Mean to Be Permanently Disabled for Workers’ Compensation Purposes?

When you’ve been hurt on the job and have qualified for workers’ compensation benefits, one of the goals will be to provide you with compensation and payment of medical expenses until you have fully recovered. But what happens if your injuries are permanent, such that you either can’t return to work at all, or can only return to work with some limitations on your ability to perform your former job? Are you entitled to workers’ compensation for the rest of your life?

Until 2007, that was the law in New York. That year, though, the New York legislature revised the workers’ compensation statute, increasing the amount of money a person could receive, but also capped the award for anyone determined to be permanently partially disabled to 10 years. However, if a person is determined to be permanently totally disabled—cannot return to work in any capacity—a person can still potentially receive workers’ compensation benefits for the rest of his or her life.

If you have been classified as permanently partially disabled, you will be entitled to payments for the 10 year period, provided you show the Workers’ Compensation Board that you have attempted to find work that you can do, given your limitations.

Classification as Permanently Disabled—What It Means

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