Permanent Partial Disability in Charlotte & Richmond Workers Compensation

Permanent partial disability benefits (PPD) are benefits intended to compensate a worker for the loss or loss of use of a body part. PPD benefits are paid regardless of the employee’s ability to return to work. This benefit is not based on lost earning ability, but is regarded as an indemnity to the employee for the loss or loss of use of a body part. PPD benefits are not paid until the injury has become permanent, i.e. maximum medical improvement and the degree of loss can be medically determinable. The amount paid under a PPD claim depends on the body part injured and the degree of the loss of use. For example, the loss of an arm is worth 200 weeks of compensation. Therefore, if a worker loses 20% use of an arm they are entitled to their average weekly wage for 40 weeks.