December 14, 2000
WORKERS' COMPENSATION PERMANENT PARTIAL DISABILITY AWARDS
By: Lynn Marx, Research Attorney
You asked whether there is a minimum percentage of disability that a person must obtain in a Workers' Compensation case.
There is no minimum percentage for a loss of function. When a physician indicates that a claimant has reached maximum medical improvement from a work-related injury, the claimant may be eligible for a permanent partial disability (PPD) award. PPD benefits are for loss of body parts or a reduction of function in a body part. A Workers' Compensation commissioner may award PPD benefits if the injury consists of a loss of a substantial part of a member resulting in a permanent partial loss of the use of a member, or if the injury results in a permanent partial loss of function (CGS § 31-308). Awards for the loss of function have been as low as 0.62% (Ricigliano v. J.J. Ryan Corporation, 53 Conn.App. 158 (1999), appeal dismissed, 252 Conn. 404 (2000)).