Permanent Partial Disability Benefits in Ohio
An injured worker in Columbus, Ohio may be eligible for disability benefits through the workers’ compensation state insurance fund if he or she sustains a permanent injury, but is still able to work. All Permanent Partial Disability consultations are free. Call today to set an appointment with one of the experienced PPD attorneys in Columbus, Ohio at Malek & Malek.
Disability payments for residual impairments are based on a predetermined formula for specific injuries and are paid in one lump sum.
Disability payments, administered by the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation, are known as C-92 awards.
The formula for determining the amount of the percentage of permanent partial disability award (%PP) is based on the predetermined rate for the year that you sustained your injury or disability. For rate information for the year of your injury, please check the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation website.
For a disability injury that occurred before Aug. 25, 2006 an injured worker must wait until 40 weeks have elapsed since either the date compensation was last paid or the date of the injury, whichever is later. The state will then decide if a residual impairment exists and the extent it impacts the affected body part. For an injury that occurred after Aug. 25, 2006, one must only wait 26 weeks.
There is also what are considered scheduled loss awards (see R.C. 4123.57(B)). Please read the decision from the Tenth District Court of Appeals for a better understanding of the concept of one having lost the ability to see or hear and being entitled to additional compensation for this loss (case currently pending before the Ohio Supreme Court). Additionally, if an injured worker or claimant sustains an injury to his or her arm to such an extent that for all practicable
purposes it’s as if the limb was amputated or severed, despite the limb still being attached, then that person would probably be entitled to a loss of use of his or her arm, which would entitle the individual to a significant award of compensation. The same is true for other body parts, including legs, feet, toes, hands, fingers, hearing, eyesight, and facial disfigurement to a lesser degree (i.e. a facial disfigurement award is capped at $10,000, as mandated by the Ohio General Assembly).
If you have further questions about permanent partial disability benefits feel free to call the Columbus permanent partial disability lawyers at Malek & Malek.