Unlike total disability and temporary disability benefits for workers’ compensation claims, permanent partial disability benefits are paid specifically because of the injury itself. Permanent partial disability means disability partial in character but permanent in quality resulting from the loss or loss of use of body members or from the partial loss of use of the employee’s body.
The rating assigned to a permanent partial disability rating, stems from the authorized treating doctor’s assessment using the AMA guidelines. However, the rating can, and often does, change depending upon the doctor assigning the rating.
Permanent partial disability benefits become due when the workers’ compensation claimant is no longer receiving weekly benefits in the form of TTD or TPD.