Workers’ Compensation: Permanent Disability Benefits

You are eligible for permanent disability benefits if you have not made a complete recovery from your work-related injury/illness once your condition has stabilized. Permanent disability benefits begin with your doctor’s “permanent and stationary” report (see explanation below). After your doctor writes the report, you will receive a permanent disability rating, which corresponds to a limited amount of money designed to compensate for your lowered earning capacity. The insurance company will continue to cover reasonable medical care during this time.

For further information about your employment rights, contact the Workers’ Rights Clinic.


This Fact Sheet is intended to provide accurate, general information regarding legal rights relating to employment in California. Yet because laws and legal procedures are subject to frequent change and differing interpretations, the Legal Aid Society–Employment Law Center cannot ensure the information in this Fact Sheet is current nor be responsible for any use to which it is put. Do not rely on this information without consulting an attorney or the appropriate agency about your rights in your particular situation.