Method and Timing of Payment
Permanent Partial Disability (PPD) is paid for
functional loss of use or impairment of function, which is permanent in nature,
and is based on objective medical evidence.
PPD must be rated as a percentage of the whole body in
accordance with the schedule in Minn.R. 5223.0300-5332.0650. An employee may not
receive more than 100% disability of the whole body, even if the employee
sustains disability to two or more body parts. To calculate the rating for two
or more body parts, please proceed to PPD Calc –
Multiple Body Parts.
PPD is payable in installments at the same amount as
the employee’s temporary total disability (TTD) rate on the date of injury, when
- returns to work,
- has not returned to work, but TTD has ceased,
- begins receiving permanent total disability (PTD)
benefits or retires, or
- completes a rehabilitation plan, but has not returned
PPD is not payable while TTD is being paid, but can be
paid concurrent with temporary partial disability and PTD.
Note - When a rating falls between
the schedules defined in M.S. 176.101, subd 2(a), the higher schedule is used if
the PPD rating is greater than or equal to .5 (Herrley v Brunner Trucking, WCCA
Effective October 1, 2000:
- Compensation for permanent partial disability based on
an employee’s impairment rating was increased.
- If the employee requests PPD payments in a lump sum,
the compensation must be paid within 30 days. The lump sum payment may be
discounted to the present value calculated up to a maximum 5 percent.