Topic:
BENEFITS (GENERAL); WORKERS' COMPENSATION;
Location:
WORKERS' COMPENSATION - BENEFITS;
Scope:
Court Cases; Connecticut laws/regulations;

OLR Research Report


December 14, 2000

 

2000-R-1180

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)).

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