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What is Permanent Partial Disability Compensation?

Permanent Partial Disability Compensation, commonly referred to as PPD, is a monetary award for residual disability. Residual disability is permanent damage/impairment that the worker experiences as a result of the injury. For example, let’s say that a worker breaks his leg in a work-related incident and, due to that injury, the worker can and will no longer be able to fully extend his leg. The worker can file for a PPD award based on the permanent damage/impairment done to that leg, i.e., his inability to fully extend it. The permanent impairment that results can be either physical or psychological, however, to receive an award based on a psychological condition there must be an allowed physical condition in the claim as well. This type of award is meant to compensate the injured worker for their ‘impairment of earning capacity’ and is, generally, paid in a lump sum amount. Permanent Partial awards do not end workers’ compensation claims. Claims remain open even after the issuance of a permanent partial award.

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