Permanent Partial Disability (PPD)
Permanent Partial Disability (PPD) and Catastrophic Injuries
Have you suffered a qualifying injury while at work? If so, you might be eligible for Georgia workers’ compensation benefits. Georgia recognizes four different categories of injury when it comes to workers’ compensation claims. Permanent partial disability (PPD) and catastrophic injuries are the categories for the most serious of all injuries.
If your injury is serious and has caused you a permanent injury, hiring a skilled lawyer is essential. At Smith Hulsey Law, our legal team can help make sure that your employer’s insurance company offers you the right amount of compensation for your injuries. Contact our Georgia workers’ compensation law firm today to schedule your initial consultation.
Permanent Partial Disability Benefits in Georgia
Under Georgia law, permanent partial disability occurs when the disability is “partial in character but permanent in quality resulting from loss or loss of use of body members or from the partial loss of use of the employee’s body.” Do you need to have sustained any economic loss for your injury to qualify for permanent partial disability? No, you do not. However, not every injury that qualifies for worker’s compensation benefits will qualify for permanent partial disability benefits.
Workers in Georgia can receive compensation for a body part that became injured while at work. Georgia law imposes a formula to determine how much to compensate you for the injured body party. A treating medical physician will assign a rating to your on-the-job injury. The rating is subjective and doctors have been known to rate injuries as higher functioning than they are, in reality. Doctors assign a rating of permanent partial disability to the worker’s specific body part that received an injury or to the worker’s “body as a whole.”
For example, if a medical professional assigns a rating for an upper extremity, the rating will include 225 weeks of compensation. Whole-body injuries include the neck, back, or multiple body parts at once. When a medical professional assigns a whole body rating, the injured party will receive 300 weeks of workers’ compensation.
When Must Employers Start Paying Permanent Partial Disability Benefits?
Catastrophic Injuries in Georgia
Which Injuries Qualify as a Catastrophic For Workers’ Compensation?
Our Georgia Workers’ Compensation Lawyer can Help
If you or your loved one have sustained a severe injury while on the job, you could be entitled to workers’ compensation. If you sustained a severe work-related injury, a lawyer can review your case and advise you as to which category of injury you have suffered. At Smith Hulsey Law, we can help you provide the medical and vocational evidence necessary to validate your injury as one that should receive a catastrophic determination or a determination of permanent partial disability.
We have the experience needed and the connection with vocational and medical experts who can evaluate your work-related injury. If necessary, these experts can testify regarding the severe and catastrophic nature of your injuries and the inability to work. Determining which category of injury you suffered or how much compensation you may be entitled to receive is difficult due to the complex nature of Georgia’s workers’ compensation laws. Hiring a skilled lawyer to walk you through the process can help focus on recovering from your injuries instead of worrying about how you will pay your medical bills. Contact our Georgia law firm today to schedule your initial consultation.