Permanent total disability in Illinois worker’s compensation claims mean that a person is entitled to total disability for life. If someone is a permanent total they are entitled to two-thirds of their average weekly wage for life. This is much like temporary total disability, but it is permanent. Many people confuse total permanent disability with the designation of the “Person as A Whole”, which is five-hundred weeks of disability. Five-hundred weeks of disability is 9.6 years; whereas, permanent total disability lasts for an injured worker’s life.
There are three ways to get a permanent total disability. First there is what they call a statutory permanent total disability, which is found at Section E 18 of the Act. The statutory permanent total applies when a victim loses two limbs or both eyes. If a person loses these body parts, they’re entitled to permanent total disability whether they can work or not.
The other types of permanent total disability require that the injury victim prove that they cannot work. The victim can present medical evidence supporting a claim of total disability that a person is unable to work.