There are two primary types of workers’ compensation payments for injured workers: medical bill reimbursement and wage-replacement payments. Payments for lost wages are known as disability payments. If a worker cannot return to his or her previous job for more than seven days, he or she may receive temporary disability payments. If there is a complete recovery, and the worker returns to his or her old job, payments end.
In many cases, an injured worker cannot recover fully. At some point, the doctor assigned to the case should declare that the injured worker has reached “maximum medical improvement,” and depending upon the loss of ability, that he or she is permanently partially disabled or permanently totally disabled.
You may qualify for permanent partial disability payments, if a portion of your wage-earning capacity has been permanently lost in an occupational accident. If you are not receiving this benefit, you should contact a lawyer experienced with New York or New Jersey workers’ compensation for help reopening your case, or initiating a new claim, and obtaining the benefits you deserve.