Losing any amount of income can threaten your financial stability. After a workplace injury, you may not know where your income will come from, but you have options. While you may obtain workers’ compensation benefits, the situation becomes a bit more complicated when you recover from your injury and can return to work.
In some cases, you can work again, but you may have restrictions. As a result, your employer may lower your wage based on your new position. This difference is often a cause of concern for many workers, but it’s crucial to recognize your options.
Partial Disability Benefits
In North Carolina, workers have the legal right to pursue partial disability benefits through workers’ compensation. Benefits can cover partial disability benefits permanently or temporarily, depending on your injury’s severity. Here’s how partial disability benefits work:
- Temporary partial disability (TPD): An injured worker may recover temporary partial disability benefits if they can return to work at a reduced wage. Partial benefits only last a specific number of weeks. The claimant may recover two-thirds of the difference between their previous wage and their new income.
- Permanent partial disability (PPD): An injured worker may recover permanent partial disability benefits if they reach Maximum Medical Improvement and still cannot return to their previous position at a full wage. Each body part is assigned a scheduled rating that determines how much a person may recover and how many weeks they may receive benefits.
Working with a Wilmington Workers’ Comp Lawyer
At David & Associates, Attorneys at Law, PLLC, we’re well aware that workplace injuries are often devastating. They cause emotional, physical, and financial impairments for which you can never prepare. Our Wilmington workers’ compensation attorneys are ready to stand by your side.
We’ll work to help you understand your rights, file a claim on your behalf, and pursue the benefits you deserve. Trust that we know how to handle these cases, and we’ll work hard when you need us most.