How Much is a Permanency Rating (PPD Rating) Worth?

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While medicine has been described as "part art, part science," according to Herndon injury lawyer permanency ratings under Virginia law require objective, reproducable measurements of a patient's permanent loss
While medicine has been described as “part art, part science,” according to Herndon injury lawyer Doug Landau, permanency ratings under Virginia law require objective, reproducable measurements of a patient’s permanent loss

In our last post, we explained what a permanency rating is (sometimes known as a Partial Permanent Disability or PPD rating).

The next logical question is — How Much is it Worth?

Let’s use an example of an injured worker who gets a PPD rating of 47% on his leg.  How will his award amount be calculated?

Some states pay a set amount of money per percentage point.  In other words, if the state pays $100 per percentage point, a 47% rating would equal a $4,700 award.

On the other hand, Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia use schedules which specify a certain number of weeks compensation for various body parts.  For example, under Virginia law, the leg is worth 175 weeks.

In Virginia, the dollar amount of compensation is based upon the average pre-injury wage rate and is calculated at 66.6667%.  A worker earning $900/week would have a comp rate of $600/week.

So in the example of a 47% rating on an injured leg, the permanency award would be 47% of 175 weeks (82.25 weeks), at $600/week, or $49,350.

An experienced workers’ compensation attorney can guide you through a workers’ compensation claim, ensuring your interests are best represented.  If you or someone you know has been injured in an on-the-job accident and there are questions as to what laws apply, email or call Abrams Landau, Ltd. at once (703-796-9555).  Do not delay, as there are certain deadlines which must be met.

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