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The financial impact of permanent total disability: what workers need to know

On Behalf of | Mar 6, 2024 | Workers' Compensation

When a worker becomes permanently and totally disabled, the financial implications can be overwhelming. If you find yourself in this situation, you need to know your options for addressing the financial challenges and reclaiming your quality of life.

It is important to remember that there are resources and support systems available. Understanding these solutions and asserting your rights can go a long way toward securing your future.

Financial realities of permanent total disability

According to South Dakota workers’ compensation law, a permanent total disability eliminates a worker’s occupational capacity and renders them unable to perform services of any kind. Permanent total disability often means the end of regular employment income. Without a steady paycheck, meeting daily expenses becomes challenging. Medical bills can accumulate rapidly, adding to the financial strain. The loss of income may even affect your ability to save for retirement or support your family.

Calculating PTD benefits in South Dakota

In South Dakota, PTD benefits can vary based on several factors. Wage replacement is a significant component, ensuring that the disabled worker receives a portion of their previous earnings. Medical expense coverage is also provided to help manage healthcare costs related to the disability. The amount of benefits varies depending on the severity of the disability and its impact on your ability to work.

Navigating financial challenges

Navigating the financial challenges of PTD requires careful planning. Disability insurance, if available, can provide additional financial support beyond state benefits. Budgeting becomes essential to manage expenses effectively with reduced income. Social services or disability advocacy organizations can also offer valuable support and guidance.

Exploring additional resources

Beyond state benefits, there are additional resources and support systems available to individuals with permanent disabilities. Social Security Disability Insurance provides financial assistance to those who are unable to work due to a disability. Vocational rehabilitation programs offer training and support to help disabled individuals re-enter the workforce or find alternative employment opportunities.

While a permanent total disability can drastically affect your life, taking advantage of PTD benefits can at least alleviate some of the challenges. If your employer or the insurance company makes it difficult to secure the benefits you deserve, though, then additional legal action may be necessary. Contact the permanent disability lawyers at Christensen Law Office, PC for a consultation to discuss your unique case.