Some injured workers may suffer from injuries so severe that they are permanently, totally disabled from returning to work. Permanent total disability means the inability to do further work of any kind.
The Commission will presume that an injured worker suffers from a permanent, total disability if the worker suffers the loss or loss of use of any of the following:
- Both arms
- Both feet
- Both eyes
- Both hands
- Both legs
- A combination of any 2 of the following:
- An arm
- An eye
- A foot
- A hand
- A leg
If an injured worker does not fall within the presumption, permanent total disability will be determined based on the facts and circumstances particular to the specific case.
If an injured worker is found to suffer from permanent, total disablement, the injured worker is entitled to benefits equal to two-thirds of the average weekly wage; however, compensation may not exceed the State average weekly wage or be less than $25. These payments will be made for life or until the worker is no longer permanently, totally disabled.