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I received Permanent Partial Disability payment. Is my workers’ comp case closed?

SCENARIO:
Your attorney recommends filing a C92 to determine a percentage for your permanent partial disability. You attend the doctor’s exam. Great news! The BWC approved and determined the percentage. Congratulations, you’ve been awarded permanent partial disability benefits! But wait, does this mean your workers’ comp claim is closed? Absolutely Not!

Sometimes when an injured worker received permanent partial disability (PPD) award, they believe this settles or closes the claim. A PPD award does not close a workers’ compensation claim.  ***If you want to keep your claim open and active, it is extremely important that you continue to follow up with your physician of record at least once a year after a PPD award is paid.***

ABOUT C92/ PPD:

  • Did you suffer permanent damage to a body part as a result of a work-related injury or an occupational disease? You may be eligible for permanent partial disability (PPD) benefits.
  • You can file for a percentage of permanent partial disability in one of these scenarios:
    • 26 weeks after receiving your last payment of temporary total or wage loss
    • 26 weeks from the date of injury or contraction of an occupational disease if compensation is not paid
    • 26 weeks from the date of injury when the employer paid full salary/wages and no other compensation has been paid

*Only for claims with dates of injury on or after June 30, 2006. Consult your attorney for details about applying for PPD for claims with dates of injury before June 30, 2006

ABOUT WORKERS’ COMP CLAIM EXPIRATION (STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS)

  • Workers’ comp claims will expire. Legal term for expiration date or time limit is statute of limitation
  • Statute of Limitations depends on the date of injury

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