What Qualifies as a Permanent Partial Disability (PPD)?
Workers’ compensation insurance covers employees for all job-related injuries and occupational illnesses or diseases in Illinois. Permanent Partial Disability (PPD) benefits are usually paid after a worker has reached maximum medical improvement. In Illinois, the Arbitrator will consider five factors in determining the extent of your disability. Even injured workers who do not undergo surgery and return to work full duty may have some disability and may be entitled to PPD benefits.
Permanent partial disability benefits are calculated using a percentage loss of use of a body part multiplied by your PPD rate (60% of the average weekly wage). If you are disfigured, you can obtain up to 162 weeks of benefits at your PPD rate. Illinois requires employers to pay permanent partial disability (PPD) benefits to an injured worker who has suffered some type of impairment or disfigurement but is able to work in some capacity.
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