You are eligible for permanent disability benefits if you have not made a complete recovery from your work-related injury/illness once your condition has stabilized. Permanent disability benefits begin with your doctor’s “permanent and stationary” report (see explanation below). After your doctor writes the report, you will receive a permanent disability rating, which corresponds to a limited amount of money designed to compensate for your lowered earning capacity. The insurance company will continue to cover reasonable medical care during this time.
For further information about your employment rights, contact the Workers’ Rights Clinic.