If you’ve sustained an injury on the job and company authorized medical professionals have determined that you will either be unable to ever work again, or will carry a partial disability with you for the rest of your life, you may be eligible for either permanent partial benefits or permanent total benefits under New Jersey’s workers’ compensation laws.
Permanent Partial Disability Benefits
If you’ve suffered an injury that doesn’t preclude you from working, but limits your ability to perform your job or leads to a permanent change in your health, you can pursue what are known as permanent partial disability benefits, also called “scheduled or non-scheduled” losses. A scheduled loss is a permanent injury to appendages, such as arms, legs, hands, feet, fingers and toes, as well as eyes, ears or teeth. An unscheduled loss is a permanent injury to any other part of the body, such as your neck, back, lungs or heart.
Permanent partial disability payments customarily start immediately after any temporary disability payments are terminated. The amount of your payment and the number of weeks you receive payments are based on the percentage of disability, as established by the Department of Workers’ Compensation and the schedule of disabilities.
According to the 2016 schedule, the New Jersey statewide average weekly wage is $1,161.04, so the maximum rate that can be paid on a permanent disability claim is $871, though an additional 30% will be added for any amputation. Some examples of the duration of payments include:
- Disability involving hand—245 weeks
- Disability involving arm—330 weeks
- Disability involving fingers—anywhere from 20 weeks to 75 weeks
- Disability involving leg—315 weeks
- Disability involving foot—230 weeks
- Disability involving eye—200 weeks
We handle all personal injury cases on a contingency basis. There will be no attorney fees unless we get compensation for your losses.