Permanent Partial Disability Benefits

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 are 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

Now, it is really easy for someone to think if they have a 16% PPD rating 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.

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.

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