Payment For Permanent Disability
There are four different types of impairment ratings under workers’ compensation law: Permanent Partial Disability (PPD), Temporary Total Disability (TTD), Permanent Total Disability (PTD) and Temporary Partial Disability (TPD).
Permanent Partial Disability (PPD) is a determination that you will always have some disability that will affect your ability to work. Temporary Total Disability (TTD) benefits is a determination that you cannot work yet, but that in time, you may be able to return. Permanent Total Disability (PTD) is a determination that your disability is total and that you cannot return to the job. Temporary Partial Disability (TPD) is the determination that you can return to work, but not at the same level at this time. Your medical provider will assign an impairment rating, or a percentage which indicates the level of injury. The benefits assigned to the ratings are based on the American Medical Association’s disability rating procedures outlined in The Guides to Evaluating Permanent Impairment.
Disagreements sometimes arise regarding these ratings. This is another area where it is helpful to have an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer on your side. We can determine whether your impairment rating is appropriate for your injuries and whether the benefits assigned to you are fair.
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If you have trouble understanding workers’ compensation terms or getting a fair disability rating, contact the North Carolina workers’ compensation lawyers at the law firm of Hemmings & Stevens, PLLC today. We offer free initial consultations and work on a contingent fee basis, which means there are no fees unless we make a recovery for you. For assistance, call us at (919) 277.0161 or contact us online.
This article regarding workers’ compensation disability ratings is for informational purposes only and is not legal or medical advice. If you have a workers’ compensation claim, and having trouble with your disability rating, you may need to seek the advice of a workers’ compensation lawyer at the law firm of Hemmings & Stevens, PLLC to explain your options.
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