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How does an injured worker calculate PPD?

By May 28, 2010January 10th, 2021No Comments

The phone call I got not too long ago prompted me to write this post. A potential client calls and he is irate that he was not getting $75,000 for his work injury. I ask him some questions and learn he was given a 4% PPD rating by his treating doctor for his work injury. He had “looked on the Internet” and claimed he was entitled to receive $75,000. After a few more questions and a little explaining, I was able to educate him on the permanent partial disability schedule which I have attempted to do below as well.

Permanent Partial Disability

Permanent partial disability or “permanency” is a payment for the loss of use of, or the loss of body function. These benefits are paid according to the compensation schedule established by the Workers’ Compensation Division. The amount and duration of the benefit are controlled by the permanent partial disability rating which is typically given by your treating physician.

Once you have been given a rating you need to look at the compensation schedule as it relates to your date of injury.

Impairment rating for injuries after 10/1/00 to 9/30/18 as follows:

  • 0-5% $ 75,000
  • 6-10% 80,000
  • 11-15% 85,000
  • 16-20% 90,000
  • 21-25% 95,000
  • 26-30% 100,000
  • 31-35% 110,000
  • 36-40% 120,000
  • 41-45% 130,000
  • 46-50% 140,000
  • 51-55% 165,000
  • 56-60% 190,000
  • 61-65% 215,000
  • 66-70% 240,000
  • 71-75% 265,000
  • 76-80% 315,000
  • 81-85% 365,000
  • 86-90% 415,000
  • 91-95% 465,000
  • 96-100% 515,000

Impairment Rating after 10/1/18

  • 0 tо less than 5.5 %:  $78,800
  • 5 to less than 10.5 % :  $84,400
  • 11 tо less than 15.5 %:  $89,300
  • 16 tо less than 20.5 %  $94,500
  • 21 tо less than 25.5% : $99,800
  • 26 tо less than 30.5%:  $105,000
  • 31 to less than 35.5%:  $115,500
  • 36 to less than 40.5%: $126,000
  • 41 tо less than 45.5%:  $136,500
  • 46 tо less than 50.5%:$147,000
  • 51 to less than 55.5%: $173,300
  • 56 tо less than 60.5%: $199,500
  • 61 to less than 65.5%: $225,800
  • 66 tо less than 70.5%: $252,000
  • 71 tо less than 75.5%:  $278,300
  • 76 tо less than 80.5%:  $330,800
  • 81 tо less than 85.5%: $383,300
  • 86 tо less than 90.5%:  $435,800
  • 91 tо less than 95.5%: $488,300
  • 96 tо less than 100.5%:  $540,800

Permanent Partial Disability Settlement Calculator

Now, it is really easy for someone to think if they have a 16% PPD rating  for a 2011 work injury they would be entitled to $90,000. That is not the case. If for example you have a 16% PPD rating, you need to multiply the dollar amount of $90,000 by the impairment rating, 16%. ($90,000 x .16 = $14,400). Consequently, the amount would be $14,400. The same would apply with other ratings depending on the date of injury.

PPD may be payable in one lump sum or in weekly increments. In cases where there is no specific schedule for that injury, the courts have allowed what is called a “Weber” rating. Under Weber, a doctor may provide an alternative permanent disability rating.

If you have been denied workers’ compensation benefits, we at Mottaz & Sisk Injury Law are workers’ compensation attorneys that help people with Minnesota work injuries anywhere in MN. Contact us for a free consultation and we will answer your questions or help you find the right lawyer for your situation.

Jerry Sisk

Jerry Sisk

Jerry is a Minnesota workers' compensation attorney and work injury lawyer. He a member of the Minnesota State Bar Association, Minnesota Association of Justice, and Anoka County Bar Association. He has 10/10 on Avvo, 5 Stars on Google, AV Rated through Martindale-Hubbell and National Trial Lawyers Top 100. Currently, he is Co-Chair of the Work Comp Section of the Minnesota Association of Justice.

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