What Is Permanent Partial Disability And How Do You Get It?


If you were injured at work and that injury is meant to last long-term, you may be able to get disability coverage. If can still work, but that work is limited due to your disability, you might be eligible for permanent partial disability. Here is information about this type of disability coverage and how you can get it.

What is Permanent Partial Disability?

It helps to first understand what permanent partial disability (PPD) is and how it works. With this type of disability, you received a work-related injury that caused a chronic condition or permanent disability. It must keep you from performing your normal job to its full capacity, but you still have the ability to work at least part-time. For example, you may have lost sight in one eye, but you can still see out of the other eye. This is partial disability since you might still be able to perform some functions at your job, but not necessarily what you used to. If you were a truck driver, you might be asked to work in the office doing dispatch part-time instead of driving.

What can cause this type of disability?

There are many types of accidents and injuries that can lead to PPD. Some of the more common ones that occur at work are:

  • Amputation of a body part
  • Vision loss of one eye
  • Hearing loss
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Nerve damage
  • Knee injury
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder

How do you get benefits for PPD?

The process for getting workers' compensation benefits for PPD is similar to other types of benefits. You first need to inform your employer of your injury, then get medical treatment. They will most likely have a medical office for you to go to as they work directly with workers' compensation. The doctor will provide your employer and workers' compensation with information regarding your injury, including whether or not it is a permanent injury and what kind of work you will be able to do when you recover.

Once that happens, your permanent disability will be rated. This is a number that explains the extent of your disability, which is used to determine what benefits you will get. You may then be asked to fill out a claim form to file for it, though in some cases the benefits are automatically given to you.

If you believe you should be compensated for PPD and aren't, your next step is to contact an attorney. Attorneys that specialize in employment law and workers' compensation cases will be able to help you get the benefits you deserve. To learn more, contact a company like The Law Offices of Gregg Durlofsky


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Maximizing Compensation in Accident and Injury Lawuits

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