When you’re hurt on the job in Virginia you may be entitled to many types of types of workers’ compensation benefits. Permanent partial disability benefits, also known as PPD benefits, can be a significant source of compensation to you and your family.
Permanent partial disability benefits are payable to injured employees who are not totally disabled from all work because of their injuries but who have some type of permanent impairment or functional loss or who are only capable of returning to light duty work. PPD benefits are also available if you suffer pain, scarring, or disfigurement to the injured body part.
To receive permanent partial disability benefits in Virginia, your treating physician must state that you have reached maximum medical improvement. There is no time limit on how long you have to reach maximum medical improvement – some of you will reach it in a few months, whereas others will take a few years because multiple surgeries are required. You should still file a workers’ compensation claim for PPD benefits soon after your injury so that you can protect your rights.