When your doctor gives you an impairment rating you’re entitled to start drawing permanent partial disability benefits. This is a weekly check that is meant to compensate you for the permanent damage that was done your body because of the workplace accident. The amount of weekly checks you received depend on the impairment rating given to you by your doctor.
In Georgia, Every body part is worth a certain amount of weekly payments. You multiply the impairment rating by the body part to get the amount of weeks you are entitled to receive.
[weeks for the body part] X [impairment rating] = The amount of weekly checks you will recieve
The impairment rating is supposed to be determined based on the American Medical Association’s guidelines with evaluation of permanent impairment, fifth edition. But this is still a subjective process. Often there are a range of possible ratings that your doctor can give you. Some doctors only give impairment ratings on the lower end of the range, because they know it will save money for the insurance company.
|Georgia PPD compensation chart|
|Body Part Injured||Maximum Weeks of Compensation (100 percent impairment)|
|Upper extremity (arm, elbow, etc.)||225|
|Lower extremity (leg, knee, etc.)||225|
|Any other toe||20|
|Loss of hearing, one ear||75|
|Loss of vision||150|
|Whole body (neck, back, multiple body parts at once)||300|