Springdale Permanent Partial Disability (PPD) Attorney
PPD benefits are paid to injured workers after they have reached the end of their healing period and have been assigned a permanent impairment as a result of their work comp injury.
Permanent Impairment Ratings
Once you’ve reached the end of your healing period and there is no further medical treatment available to improve your injury your doctor may assign an impairment rating as determined using the American Medical Association’s Guide to Permanent Impairment. Arkansas law requires that impairment ratings be based upon objective medical evidence, which is defined as evidence that is beyond the injured workers’ control.
Stated another way, the evidence requires more than a complaint of pain. Our office can determine the value of your impairment rating under Arkansas Law and can advise how many weeks you will be paid for your specific impairment or the alternative calculate the lump sum settlement for that impairment.
How Are PPD Payments Calculated?
The calculation of PPD benefits can be complicated when you consider overtime, shift differentials, commissions and mileage payments to truck drivers. All of these must be considered to calculate a worker’s average weekly wage (AWW). Below is the process required to get to your final PPD benefit payment.
- Calculate Workers’ Average Weekly Wage (AWW) from the past 52 weeks.
- Find the Temporary Total Disability (TTD) rate which is calculated at two-thirds (2/3) of the AWW.
- The final PPD benefit is calculated at seventy-five percent (75%) of the TTD benefit.
- In 2018, the maximum PPD benefit is $505.00.
Springdale PPD Benefits Attorney
At the Law Office of Jason M. Hatfield, P.A., we ensure you receive the PPD benefits you are owed by:
- Collecting your wage records to ensure the insurance company has correctly calculated your benefits.
- Contacting the insurance adjuster or the employer’s attorney to get PPD adjusted when calculated incorrectly.
- Comparing the impairment rating issued by the doctor with the allowable rating pursuant to the American Medical Association Guides to Permanent Impairment.
- Litigating issues can not be resolved successfully negotiated.
We have successfully litigated and won many Permanent Partial Disability cases. For example:
- In Sain v. Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department, AWCC File G401967 (2016) we convinced the insurance company and the authorized doctor that the initial impairment issued to a State Highway Department Officer for a total knee replacement was too low, and prior to litigation they agreed to pay the correct impairment rating.
- In Multi-Craft Contractors, Inc., and Gallagher Bassett v. Yousey, 2017 Ark. App. 343 (2017) the insurance carrier attempted to pay a 25% impairment for an injured truck driver’s permanent eye injury when the actual impairment should have been 100% total loss of vision in that eye. We successfully litigated this issue and prevailed at the Arkansas Court of Appeals.
For help with PPD benefits and other workers’ comp issues, contact Jason Hatfield today at 479-361-3575 to speak directly to him about your case. The faster he can start working on your case, the faster you can collect your benefits following a work injury. The Law Office of Jason M. Hatfield represents injured workers throughout Northwest Arkansas – from Fayetteville to Bentonville, including the towns of Springdale and Rogers.