DWRF is an acronym that stands for Disabled Workers Relief Fund. This fund was created to assist injured workers who have been declared permanently and totally disabled whose compensation rates have not kept pace with inflation and the cost of living. DWRF eligibility is determined automatically for every injured worker who is declared permanently and totally disabled (PTD). No action on the part of the injured worker is needed. DWRF eligibility is based on the combined total of permanent total disability and Social Security disability received by the injured worker.
The Disabled Workers' Relief Fund (DWRF) provides an additional amount of compensation for those injured workers that are already receiving permanent total disability (PTD) compensation, if the amount that is being received is below a certain threshold. In a case where an injured worker is also receiving Social Security Disability, DWRF can still be paid but only when the amount of permanent total disability compensation received, plus the amount of Social Security Disability being received, falls below a particular amount. In short, the DWRF payment raises an injured worker's permanent disability payments to the minimum amount as required by law.