When you have suffered a workplace injury, you probably have two main goals: recovering your health, and getting back to work. Of course, returning to work, and getting back to your full income is important, but your primary concern should really be making the best possible recovery from your injury. Unfortunately, there may be several factors working against your recovery. Many people feel that the fact that you have to be treated by a doctor other than your own is a problem, and that the treating physician, who is paid by the workers’ compensation insurance company, is more concerned with the insurance company’s bottom line than with the patient’s health. At some point, the doctor will determine that you have reached Maximum Medical Improvement (MMI). At this time, you will be cleared to go back to work. This is one point when it can be extremely important to have a Denver workers’ compensation attorney working to protect your rights by ensuring that you get the best possible healthcare, and that MMI is not declared when you could still significantly recover.
In some cases, maximum medical improvement may be the point at which you will not get any better, even though you have not fully recovered. In this case, it may be determined that you have suffered a Permanent Partial Disability. Generally speaking, a permanent partial disability means that you are able to return to work, but that you have lost some body function. In this case, you are entitled to a settlement to compensate you for the partial disability. The formulas are complex, but the process involves the doctor assigning a disability percentage, and a government schedule of values for various injuries. An experienced Denver workers’ comp lawyer can help to ensure that you get a fair settlement on a Permanent Partial Disability claim.
Some common injuries which may not prevent you from returning to work but would be considered partial disability include:
- Loss of sight in one eye
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Amputation of a finger or toe
- Nerve damage
Any one of these injuries would be considered a partial disability, but none of them would necessarily prevent you from ever working again. A disability schedule, in conjunction with the disability percentage assigned by your treating physician would be used to determine your benefit amount, which is intended as compensation for your disability. Your Denver workers’ comp attorney can help ensure that you get the best settlement possible.
If you have suffered an occupational injury or occupational illness, contact the dedicated, aggressive Denver workers’ compensation law firm of Robert Paysinger. Robert has years of experience helping injured Colorado workers to get the full, fair value of their workers’ compensation claims. Even if your injury seems mild and your case seems simple, you can be sure that the workers’ compensation insurance company has expert lawyers advising them how to proceed; Robert can help ensure that you have the same expertise on your side. Don’t let yourself become less important than an insurance company’s bottom line. For more information and a FREE CONSULTATION, contact the Law Offices of Robert Paysinger today at (303)279-0221.
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