What's the Difference between Impairment and Disability?
Basically defined, impairment is when a person's physical or psychological health, structure, and/or function is changed or damaged. Workplace injuries are an example of impairment in that they cause a person physical, psychological, or emotional damage, which is sometimes permanent. However, such impairment may not necessarily affect the person's ability to perform their required duties in the workplace.
Disability, on the other hand, is defined as a person's incapacity to perform their job, usually due to an injury or other form of impairment. Disability is a result of impairment, but impairment does not always result in disability. It is also important to note that impairment can be permanent or temporary, and there is also permanent and temporary disability.
Get Compensation for Permanent Impairment
Even if you are still able to work, permanent impairment can have a negative effect on your life. Permanent impairment is attained when a person reaches maximum medical improvement (MMI), which is a physical level of stability that is unlikely change significantly within the following year. It can be difficult to obtain compensation in such situations, but with qualified advice and representation from a Walnut Creek workers' compensation lawyer, you could fight for compensation payments.
Workers' Comp Attorney in Walnut Creek, CA
Call Brand Peters LLP today for a lawyer who will give you a frank and honest evaluation, answer your questions, and utilize his extensive experience to fight on your behalf. Our attorneys share 60 years of combined legal experience and have proven their competence in all kinds of workers' compensation, personal injury, and crossover cases. Call today to learn how we could help you.
If you are permanently impaired as a result of a workplace accident, don't wait. Contact an experienced workers' comp lawyer from our firm today to help you build your case and obtain the compensation you deserve.
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