A trucker’s permanent disability benefits depend on his injury/impairment rating (given by a doctor), average weekly wage, and the part of the body that is injured. For example, if you have an injury to the right arm and a disability rating of 25%, the permanent disability payment can be calculated using that rating plus your average weekly wage.
The injury rating is supposed to indicate the severity of the injury and the extent to which the injury will limit your ability to earn a living in the future. The injury rating should be assigned after the truck driver reaches maximum medical improvement (MMI), which is the point at which further treatment will not improve the trucker’s condition. In other words, MMI is the point at which the doctors have done all they can do to treat the injury and improve the trucker’s condition.
The trucking company will send you to its company doctor who will exam you and give you an impairment rating. This rating is almost always too low. The trucking company and its doctor have every incentive to try to minimize the extent of your injury to limit the payout you are owed.
We can help. We have been representing injured truckers for over 30 years. We have a team of doctors and other health care professionals who will examine you and give you a fair injury rating. We will fight for your rights and make sure the workers’ compensation insurance adjusters treat you fairly.
If we represent you, we will aggressively pursue the maximum compensation available for your injuries, and we will not receive a fee until you receive the compensation you deserve.