Temporary total disability only becomes permanent when declared by the company physician within the period he is allowed to do so, or upon the expiration of the maximum 240-day medical treatment period without a declaration of either fitness to work or permanent disability.
G.R. No. 209201, 19 November 2014
Complainant Michael D. Despabeladeras initiated a labor complaint against defendants New Filipino Maritime Agencies, et al., seeking to recover his permanent disability benefits. Previously, complainant “was hired by [defendant] New Filipino Maritime Agencies, Inc., for and in behalf of its principal, St. Paul Maritime Corp…, as Wiper to work on board the vessel M/V ‘ATHENS HIGHWAY’ for a period of nine (9) months, with a basic monthly salary of US$415.00.” Sometime after while on board, complainant slipped and fractured his left hand as he went down a stairs of the vessel in order to get some tools that would be used for dismantling the engine’s piston. He was repatriated to receive better medical treatment and management.