You know all too well that an initial injury is not the only problem a worker has to content with. There are many compensable consequences, or conditions arising from an underlying injury, that cause you daily stress and pain. But will you receive any payment for them in your permanent disability claim?
Reasons Injured Workers Won't Receive Maximum Disability Payments
- QME doctors – Doctors employed through the Qualified Medical Evaluation process (QME) are paid to evaluate as many reports as possible. As a result, many QME doctors will not voluntarily award additional payments for affected bodily systems affected by the primary injury. Your best chance of receiving payment for these injuries is to claim them and hope they are approved, rather than rely on a doctor to go the extra mile.
- AMA Guides – Your injury rating is directly determined by a list of AMA injury classifications. You will have to search through them carefully to determine whether you can be compensated for your individual injuries.
- Lack of knowledge – Many injured workers simply do not know that they could see a substantial increase in their disability payments simply by identifying all if the bodily systems that their original condition has affected. Unfortunately, many people within the system may take advantage of your ignorance rather than educate you on what your injury may be worth.
Workers' compensation attorneys can make a massive difference in your rating because they know how to apply the rules in your favor, such as claiming injuries incurred in the healing process, including surgical procedures or medication side-effects.
To find out how to get your maximum CA disability payment, click the link on this page to begin reading our FREE book, The Northern California Workers’ Compensation Survival Manual, or call the Ledgerwood Law Group today at 888-761-7383 to discuss your case with an attorney. We offer a free consultation!
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