Injured workers may question what a permanent partial disability rating (PPD) means to their workers’ compensation case. Essentially, the PPD rating is a final medical assessment of a worker’s injury as it relates to his ability to function. At some point during the recovery process after an injury, the patient’s doctor will need to determine if his recovery has plateaued to a point where there is not likely to be further improvement. If it is decided that the patient has reached “maximum medical improvement,” the doctor will issue the PPD rating. The rating is a a percentage of the worker’s current functioning and range of motion as compared with his pre-injury ability. The American Medical Association’s Guide to Impairment serves as the physician’s road map for determining the PPD rating.
The PPD rating is relevant to the level of benefits the worker may receive, in that the Georgia’s Workers’ Compensation Act provides compensation based in part on this rating. See the legal table found in O.C.G.A. §34-9-263.
Georgia law defines PPD as a disability “partial in character but permanent in quality resulting in a loss or loss of use of body members or from the partial loss of use of the injured employee’s body.”
In certain circumstances, doctors may disagree on the ratings. You may have the option of seeking a second opinion.
Navigating the alphabet soup of workers’ compensation can be a trying experience, particularly for a person who is hurt and unable to work. If you are unclear as to what PPD means to your case, or questioning the rating you have received, please call us for a free consultation.
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