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It can be very difficult psychologically, physically, and emotionally when a work injury has permanently affected your ability to work. Being unable to work—or do the work you did before your work injury—can also be a major financial challenge. Supporting your family is difficult when you don’t have wages coming in due to a permanent disability in New Haven.
Getting the right benefits from appropriate programs after a work injury is best done with the help of a New Haven personal injury attorney who is dedicated to your needs. At the law firm of Jacobs & Jacobs, we guide you through the hurdles that can come up in your permanent disability claim. Call our New Haven permanent disability claims lawyer at (203) 777-2300 to discuss your situation.
Disabilities are usually either temporary or permanent. The difference between the two categories is in how long the disabling situation can reasonably be expected to last.
A temporary disability impacts the victim for a relatively short period of time. They may be serious enough to incapacitate a person for days, weeks, months, or even years in some cases. However, a temporary disability usually leads to an eventual recovery. This category of disability includes injuries and illnesses that temporarily prevent you from working, taking care of children or family members, showering without assistance, and walking. Both a sprained ankle and bronchitis, for example, could cause a temporary disability.
A permanent (or long-term) disability impacts a person’s normal routine for the rest of their life. Permanent disabilities include illnesses or injuries that do not allow for a full recovery. You can be born with a permanent disability or incur one after an accident or illness. In some cases, permanent disabilities may be grouped alongside long-term disabilities that have a chance of recovery. Though you may recover from a serious illness like cancer, your recovery time is long enough that you likely qualify for the same benefits.
There are two key types of permanent disability:
Claims adjusters often delay approving disability claims or try to deny them entirely. In order to receive disability benefits, you may need to navigate a complex legal and medical process to demonstrate that your condition is unlikely to change. You’ll need to prove that you’re an eligible employee, have an illness or injury covered by workers’ comp, and file a claim by the appropriate deadline. This is why it is so important to have a disability attorney on your side to establish your eligibility for the benefits you need.
Strong advocacy on your behalf is especially critical when your disability is so severe that it has become totally disabling. If that has happened, you may also be able to make a claim for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. You may receive social security disability benefits from SSDI and SSI if you’ve met the minimum work and Social Security tax requirements. Our social security disability lawyer helps you through the process necessary to file your claim and receive the monthly benefits you deserve.
We encourage you to contact us to discuss your specific case with one of our experienced personal injury attorneys. Whether your permanent disability is total or partial, we can help you identify your best options for maximizing the benefits you need. To set up a free initial consultation with a Jacobs & Jacobs lawyer, call (203) 777-2300.