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PERMANENT PARTIAL DISABILITY

Permanent Partial Disability (PPD) benefits are intended to compensate injured workers for permanent loss or impairment of a bodily function.  PPD benefits are not dependent upon wage loss or ability to work.  In order to qualify for Permanent Partial Disability Benefits in Minnesota, an injured worker must show that the permanency of the injury is causally related to the personal injury.  The work activity or incident need not be the sole cause of the permanent condition or injury, but at a minimum the work related activity must substantially aggravate, accelerate, or combine with a preexisting condition to produce the disability.

THE INJURED EMPLOYEE’S TREATING DOCTOR USUALLY DETERMINES THE PPD BENEFIT WHEN THE EMPLOYEE REACHES MAXIMUM MEDICAL IMPROVEMENT (MMI).

The law has gone through changes and the date of injury determines how the law will dictate the benefit, if any, that is owed.  Our Minnesota workers comp lawyers can help make this determination.

After the physician  percentage is calculated under Minnesota Rule 5223, that percentage is then multiplied by a lump sum under Minnesota Statute § 176.101, subd. 2a(a).  Again, the percentages and lump sum have changed over the years and the date of injury determines the law that you look at to determine the benefit.  The above cited laws are for those injuries after 2000.  You can look at the prior laws here.  As you can see, this can get fairly complicated.  Our experienced lawyers will make sure you get the correct Permanent Partial Disability Benefits for your work injury.

This is the general Minnesota workers’ compensation law for PPD benefits.  The laws regarding this benefit are much more complicated than I have cited here.  Insurance companies will try to give you a lower percentage and amount of money than are deserve.  If you are receiving or believe you may be entitled to permanent partial disability benefits, it is important to contact our experienced Minneapolis/St.Paul work comp attorneys to ensure you are receiving the correct amount under the law.  Our workers’ compensation lawyers will review your case to make sure you are getting the PPD benefits you deserve.

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Joshua R. Stokka

Josh has been representing injured workers for over 10 years. After his first job during law school working for a workers’ compensation attorney, he decided that workers’ compensation is what he eventually wanted to do after law school. Prior to practicing in the area of workers’ compensation, Josh clerked for a judge in the 7th Judicial District in Minnesota. This valuable experience gave him insight into how judges think, do their jobs behind the scene, and how to frame a case in order to obtain a favorable result.  Now, he focuses 100% of his practice to defending injured workers’ in Minnesota.

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