What is permanent and total disability?

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Mario A. Pacella, Attorney at Law:

Under South Carolina Workers’ Compensation law, you can be considered permanently and totally disabled, meaning that your work-related injury or injuries, in combination, preclude you from returning to work. If you are permanently and totally disabled, the maximum benefits you can receive under South Carolina Workers’ Compensation law is 500 weeks of pay and your medical benefits. Those medical benefits could last your lifetime unless you settle your case in some other format. There are exceptions to the 500 week cap, and that includes if you have a brain injury that contributes to your disability or if you’re paralyzed. In the context of your Workers’ Compensation case, there’ll be times where we’ll be able to sit down with you and give you options on how you can proceed, and we will help you select the best option for your particular situation.

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