If the employee does not recover fully from the workplace injury, he or she may be entitled to Permanent Partial Disability (PPD) or Permanent Total Disability (PTD) benefits to compensate them for that permanent loss. The amount of benefit payment for permanent disability depends on the attending doctor’s opinion regarding the severity of the injury. Wisconsin Workers Compensation law provides formulas which use a physician’s opinion regarding the percentage of permanency to calculate a benefit amount.
If the employee is permanently partially disabled, they will be compensated for the amount determined by the statutory formula.
In rare and unfortunate circumstances, the employee may be permanently totally disabled. In these instances, the employee may be totally incapable for returning to work and therefore entitled to PTD benefits for that loss of earning capacity. This benefit could be based upon what the injured worker was earning at the time of the injury, or upon what the future anticipated earnings of the worker would be. It generally means that employee will receive the TTD benefit amount for the rest of his or her life.
Contact Attorney Shane Brabazon for questions or issues in the area of worker’s compensation and personal injury law. If you have questions about your new or existing worker’s compensation matter, please contact Shane at 920-494-1106, or e-mail him at email@example.com.