The workplace injury you suffered could permanently affect your ability to return to your job. Determining whether that is the case is up to several factors. To receive permanent disability in Oregon, you must meet specific eligibility requirements:
Your employer must offer workers’ compensation insurance
You must be an eligible employee
Your injury or illness is work-related and covered by workers’ compensation
You must file your claim according to state procedures and deadlines
You must follow the state’s rules for medical care under a workers’ compensation doctor
A Definition of Permanent Disability
Your permanent disability benefits won’t apply until your doctor declares you’ve hit a plateau in your recovery. Once you reach this point, your treating doctor will determine whether you have a lasting medical condition directly related to your work-related injury or illness. Based on your disability rating, your temporary benefits will cease, and your permanent disability benefits will begin.
Permanent Disability Rating
Workers’ compensation benefits assess a permanent disability according to its seriousness, and you may receive partial or complete benefits based on the rating. A lost finger will have a different rating than total blindness. Individuals with lower ratings can benefit from vocational rehabilitation services that allow them to work within the same job or change occupations if they desire.
If you need to dispute any aspect of your disability rating, assessment, or benefits, you should contact a workers’ compensation attorney to protect your rights and ensure a fair outcome.