Workers Compensation: Permanent Partial Disability
Missouri Workers Compensation Lawyer
Roskin & Hoffmann, LLC
Missouri Workers Compensation Law offers additional compensation to injured employees if you suffered a permanent injury.
An injured worker is entitled to workers compensation payments for any injury that is permanent in nature, meaning that it does not totally heal back to 100% and is partial in nature, meaning the employee is still able to return to the open labor market. In layman's terms PPD (permanent partial disability) is the difference in how your injured body part was before the injury and how it is after the injury. If an injured employee has a right knee that functioned at 100% before an injury and then tore a meniscus, had surgery and post surgery therapy, the knee will likely never be as good as it was before. The workers compensation an injured worker receives is based upon this difference. In order to do this, typically a doctor is needed to access the amount of damage done to that knee. If the doctor says that there is a 30% disability, then that means the injured worker's knee is able to function at about 70% of what it used to and the worker is entitled to workers comp payment for that difference.
In a lot of cases, the workers compensation doctor will give a final rating that is far below the accepted amount by administrative law judges in workers compensation cases. The insurance company knows that if it can show the injured worker a doctors opinion stating that he/she only has a 5% disability as a result of that injury, that the injured worker will settle for that amount. An option that we have at Roskin & Hoffmann, LLC is to send you to one of the few doctors we trust to give an opinion as to what your true disability is. This number, typically higher, can then be presented to the judge as proof that your injury is worse than what the work comp Insurance Companies doctor said it was.
If you find yourself in this position please call or office to discuss what you have been offered as we can help.
The settlement amount that your workers compensation case is based upon is also reliant on how much money you made per week as well as what body part was injured. Each body part gets assigned a number which is supposed to correspond to how important that body part is to work or everyday activities. For instance, the ring finger is worth less than an injury to the wrist. A wrist injury is worth less than a shoulder injury and a shoulder injury is worth less than a back injury. Please make sure you are being offered an amount that corresponds to the body part you injured.
Also, in some workmans compensation cases, there is more than one body part that is injured. In that case, the injured employee is entitled to payment for every body part that is injured. Please make sure you are not missing out on possible payments your rights afford you. If you have any questions we deal with this everyday and can help.
Contact an Experienced Workers Compensation Lawyer
The St. Louis Workers Compensation Lawyers at Roskin & Hoffmann, LLC have nearly 50 years of combined Work Comp experience and we have handled some of the most complex Workers Comp cases throughout Missouri. If you have been injured at work or have a questions regarding a potential permanent partial disability case, call our knowledgeable attorneys at (314) 821-9013 or send us a Workers Compensation question. We look forward to helping you. All communications are returned promptly.
Workers Compensation Lawyers at Roskin & Hoffmann, LLC based in St. Louis, Missouri have nearly 50 combined years of work comp experience. Learn more about Permanent Partial Disability.