Classification vs. Schedule Loss of Use

Schedule Loss of Use vs. Permanent Partial Disability

Our attorneys have years of experience working with disability laws and regulations

Generally, Workers’ Compensation cases are divided up between Schedule Loss of Use claims and Permanent Partial Disability. When determining permanent injury, including the financial value of the injury, the extremities (arms, hands, legs, feet, an digits) are association with a certain number of weeks of compensation based on both your doctor and the insurance company doctor’s report on the percentage of permanent impairment. These benefits are not associated with lost time and you may be entitled to an award even if there is minimal or no time lost from the job. In cases involving the spine or other conditions, an injured workers receives payment for a limited period of time based on the percentage of disability. Judges also consider functional restrictions and vocational factors in assessing an overall degree of permanent disability. These benefits are for people who are not working or who are earning less than before their accident. Our attorneys can navigate the complicated interplay between these disability times to achieve the best possible resolution.

It is crucial to understand the various disability classifications under the Workers’ Compensation Law

Our attorneys can review medical records and relevant evidence in your claim to ensure your disability qualifies for one of the disability classifications. There are several factors taken into consideration when determining your disability qualifications, such as whether the injury is permanent or temporary and whether your disability is total or partial. Here is an outline of classification types:

  • Temporary Total Disability – The injured workers wage-earning capacity is lost entirely for a temporary amount of time
  • Temporary Partial Disability – The injured workers wage-earning capacity is partially lost for a temporary amount of time
  • Permanent Total Disability (PTD) – The injured workers wage-earning capacity is permanently and completely lost
  • Permanent Partial Disability (PPD) – Part of the injured workers wage-earning capacity is permanently lost
  • Disfigurement – This involves serious and permanent disfigurement to the face, head or neck

Contact Severance, Burko, Spalter, Masone, Laurette PC for a review of your Workers’ Compensation case

Coping with you disability while trying to handle your claim is difficult and frustrating, which makes having a knowledgeable attorney at your side crucial to getting you the compensation you deserve. Our attorneys at Severance, Burko, Spalter, Masone, & Laurette PC have vast experience and can help you understand the difference between classifications and scheduled losses of use, along with your legal options for each type of claim. We provide services in Spanish and English, so contact us today at our offices in Brooklyn and Long Island.

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