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Chicago Permanent vs. Partial Disability Lawyers

Unable to Work? We’ll Help You Recover the Compensation You Deserve

If you become injured on the job, you have the right to collect workers’ compensation benefits while you are unable to work. The benefits you may be eligible for will depend on the severity of your injury and how long you are expected to be out of work.

At Walner Law®, we know that disability and time off work can negatively impact you and your family. Our Chicago workers’ compensation lawyers are dedicated to winning you the workers’ compensation you deserve so that you can concentrate on a speedy recovery.

If you are interested in speaking with our attorneys, call (312) 313-2888 or send us your contact information to request a free consultation.

Permanent Partial Disability (PPD) Benefits

These benefits are issued if you have completely or partially lost the use of a specific body part or have partially lost the use of your body as a whole. Workers’ compensation does not specifically define “loss of use,” but this generally means that you are unable to do things that you were able to do before your workplace injury.

PPD benefits may be determined by the part of your body that becomes injured and the extent of your loss. Your weeks of compensation may depend on the “value” of that body part. If your injured part must be amputated or it is so wounded that you cannot use it at all, you may be paid your weekly rate for the number of weeks specified by law. The maximum compensation for PPD benefits is 60 percent of your average weekly income (or the published PPD rate, whichever is lower).

You will also be compensated if you are able to return to work but at a lower salary — wage benefits are generally determined by calculating the difference between pre-injury and post-injury wages, and calculating two-thirds of that amount.

Factors that may be considered in your benefit amount include your:

  • Occupation
  • Skills
  • Age
  • Training level
  • Inability to engage in specific duties
  • Pain, stiffness, and limitation of movement

Permanent Total Disability (PTD) Benefits

A permanent total disability is a complete disability that prevents you from performing any type of work that constitutes “reasonable, stable employment.”

A permanent total disability may be the loss of:

  • Both hands
  • Both arms
  • Both eyes
  • Both feet
  • Both legs
  • Any two such body parts

If you are an employee who has suffered a permanent and total disability resulting from a work-related injury, you are entitled to benefits for your entire lifetime. If you have been issued PTD benefits, and then return to work or get another job, you could forfeit your eligibility for PTD benefits.

If you have been injured in a workplace accident, please contact our office today by calling (312) 313-2888 or filling out our contact form.

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    Our client was T-boned by a driver who failed to stop at a stop sign. Our client suffered severe injuries from the accident and sadly lost the life of their spouse.

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    Verdict against a utility company and a municipality for leaving a dumpster on the street without any reflectors or lights, causing the client’s vehicle to strike the dumpster and our client to sustain a severe brain injury.

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    Lead counsel in a mass tort action against a municipality and a chemical company.



How We Make the Difference for Our Clients
  • Experience on Your Side

    Our family-run law firm has more than 75 years of experience standing up for the rights of injured people and families across Chicago.

  • Thousands of Clients Helped

    Our firm has helped over 10,000 clients get the justice they deserve since we opened our doors in 1961.

  • A Proven Record of Results

    Our firm has recovered over $500 million for our clients and is committed to maximizing your recovery.

  • Client-Focused Approach

    We are committed to treating all clients with the dignity and respect they deserve, regardless of their potential case value.

  • An Extensive Network of Support

    Our team of more than 45 legal and medical professionals are dedicated to providing our clients with access to medical experts, treatment, and financial assistance.

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  • “Mr. Walner I am so grateful for your passion dedication and professionalism.”

    - Herbert
  • “Kristin was so knowledgeable and guided me step by step about my options and kept me in the loop about my case.”

    - Monica
  • “I chose Walner Law because they made me feel like a very important client and took consideration of my medical injury at the time.”

    - Denise