If you are unable to return to any reasonable employment because of your work injury, you may be entitled to an award of permanent total disability (PTD) awards under Indiana worker’s compensation law. This is a difficult standard to meet and work comp insurance companies will fight hard to avoid paying a PTD claim.
Our experienced work comp attorneys in Indianapolis have successfully obtained PTD awards for hundreds of injured Indiana workers. We can hire medical and vocational experts to prove you can no longer work because of your injury. A successful PTD claim results in payment of 500 weeks of disability payments, although our attorneys are often able to negotiate a lump sum awards.
If you think you may be entitled to a PTD award, contact Wagner Reese for a free consultation. Call us at (888) 204-8440 or submit an online contact form.
Who Is Eligible for PTD Awards in Indiana?
If you were injured at work and are no longer able to return to the same job, or you are not able to make the same amount of money due to your injuries, you may understandably believe that this qualifies you for PTD awards. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. In Indiana, you must prove that you are not able to obtain any type of gainful employment—including the most limited types of activities, such as a sit-down desk job—due to your injuries/disability in order to qualify for PTD.
When determining eligibility for PTD awards in Indiana, the following factors are taken into account:
- The severity of physical and/or mental impairment
- Ability of the injured individual to function after receiving medical treatment
- Education, skill level, and overall work experience
- Any vocational or specialized training the injured individual has received
- The age of the injured worker
These factors are used to consider how likely it is that the injured individual will be able to obtain any form of gainful employment after he or she has received medical treatment for his/her injuries. If medical and vocational experts agree that it is unlikely that the injured worker will be able to return to or obtain employment, PTD will likely be awarded.
To learn more, including how our firm can help you with your PTD claim, contact Wagner Reese at (888) 204-8440 and request a free consultation with our Indianapolis work injury lawyers.