How do I know if my Austin on-the-job injury has resulted in a permanent disability?

 

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A permanent disability is an injury which impairs your physical and/or mental ability to the extent that you will never again be able to resume your normal work or non-occupational activities. It means that you have reached the point of maximum healing, and there's nothing that can be done to make you any more "well." 

It is not up to you to decide if you are permanently disabled; your doctor will be the one to make the final determination. Your doctor will look into any and every factor that may have led to your permanent disability, other than your work injury. There might be, perhaps, an injury or illness from the past that contributed to your condition. 

In Texas, the doctor's determination will play a role when you apply for Social Security Administration disability benefits. The Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services has the Division for Disability Determination Services, and they will have the final say when it comes to collecting benefits. They will do a full evaluation of your case and let you know their determination. 

Whether or not you are permanently disabled can also play a part in your on-the-job injury suit. The severity of your injuries will help determine the compensation you are entitled to, including medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. 

If you were injured on the job and you would like a lawyer's professional assistance, contact Austin attorney Earl Straight for a free consultation at 512-454-1331.