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Permanent Partial Disability

In Wisconsin, permanent partial disability benefits are due is at the end of the healing period, the employee has a permanent partial disability assigned by a doctor. Some PPD is due even if the injured worker returns to work making the same money. If the employee cannot return to work due to work-related restrictions, then addition loss of earning capacity and/or retraining benefits may be due as well. PPD benefits are supposed to compensate for future loss of earnings, but they often have little or no relationship to actual future wage loss. PPD benefits accrue after temporary disability benefits (whether for TTD, TPD, or vocational rehabilitation) stop and during intervals when these temporary benefits are not being paid. See Wis. Stat. Sec. 102.44(3) and 102.55(3). The PPD weekly rate is based on the employee's wage on the date of injury. Permanent total disability benefit rate equals the TTD rate. The permanent partial disability (PPD) benefit rate equals two-thirds of the employee's average weekly wage, but not more than the statutory maximum PPD rate on the date of injury.

Wisconsin Permanent Partial Disability Workers Comp Benefits

Permanent partial disability benefits are paid at the end of the healing period, if the employee has a permanent injury according to their doctor. The insurance company may have an independent medical examiner (IME) say no permanent injury and then the benefits must be fought for. Permanent disability, or PPD benefits, are intended to compensate an employee for future loss of earnings. They start after temporary disability benefits (whether for TTD, TPD, or vocational rehabilitation) stop. The PPD benefit is based on the employee's wage on the date of injury. The permanent total disability (PTD) benefit rate equals the TTD rate. The permanent partial disability (PPD) benefit rate equals two-thirds of the employee's average weekly wage, but because the maximum wage limitation for PPD benefits is comparatively low, most employees are entitled to the maximum PPD benefit.

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