What Is Permanent Partial Disability?
A permanent partial disability (â€śPPDâ€ť) is defined as any abnormality or loss after maximum medical improvement has been reached. These are determined when an injured workerâ€™s claim is at the point of claim closure. A PPD award is a monetary award designed to compensate an injured worker for their loss of function or anatomy.
People often call attorneys or the Department of Labor and Industries to ask if they can get an advance payment on a PPD award that will eventually be given. The answer is always â€śno,â€ť because the final valuation of a PPD award is not made until the end of each claim, and a PPD award cannot be given if the injured worker should instead receive a permanent total disability pension award.
In other words, a permanent partial disability award is mutually exclusive of a pension award, so the Department of Labor and Industries or the self-insurer is required to wait until it is clear which type of award the injured worker should be given.