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How much Workers' Compensation is awarded for PPD?

Workers who get injured while they are on the job might lose one or more of their body parts or even lose their ability to move a limb. In cases where the worker suffers from partial disability due to a workplace injury, the ability to continue working might be in jeopardy.

In some cases, the partial disability suffered can become permanent in which case the worker might never be able to work again. Partial disability has been defined as a partial loss suffered to one part of the body or even a complete or partial loss of the use of that entire body part. In some cases, the worker might even suffer partial disability to his or her entire body.

In many cases where only a partial loss is suffered, the worker can still seek gainful employment even if it pays him or her less than their original salary. Attorneys often can fight for the worker's right to wage differential benefits. Wage differential benefits can be calculated as two-thirds of the total difference between the two salaries drawn by the worker. Wage differential benefits recognize the problems that the worker faces due to the partial loss of his or her body.

The Workers' Compensation Act also assigns different values to different body parts depending on how vital each has been assessed to be in lieu of the job seeking ability of the worker. The legal representatives of the worker often brings forth evidence from medical experts as well as eyewitnesses in order to prove the importance and the extent of the disability suffered to help determine workers' compensation benefits.

Source: IWCC.IL.gov, "Illinois workers' compensation commission: Handbook on workers' compensation and occupational diseases," accessed on June 18, 2015

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