At Injured Workers’ Law Firm, our Richmond permanent partial disability lawyers are committed to providing reliable and effective representation to injured workers. If you were hurt on the job and you suffered a permanent or partial loss of use/loss of range of motion of a body part, you may be entitled to a PPD award. We are here to help you get the maximum financial benefit. For a confidential consultation with a skilled Virginia workers’ comp attorney, please call our Richmond office at (804) 755-7755 or send us a message through our website.
Permanent Partial Disability (PPD) Benefits in Virginia
The Virginia Workers’ Compensation Act allows injured workers to obtain permanent partial disability (PPD) benefits if they suffered amputation or functional loss of a scheduled body part. You can find the schedule under Code of Virginia § 65.2-503. As a general matter, PPD benefits will be only awarded once medical treatment has ended. In other words, a doctor must certify that an injured worker has received maximum medical improvement (MMI) before they can file for PPD benefits.
To get a PPD award in Virginia, an injured worker should obtain something called a functional capacity evaluation (FCE) from a qualified medical professional. In most cases, an FCE is performed by a licensed physical therapist. Essentially, this evaluation is used to determine the extent of a worker’s remaining impairment after they have reached the point of maximum medical improvement. Then, your workers’ compensation treating physician must approve the FCE rating. With a properly conducted FCE, you will be able to obtain a PPD rating and payment for your impairment(s). You can’t get permanent partial disability benefits while you are receiving temporary total disability benefits (your wage loss benefits).
You Can Count On Our Virginia Workers’ Comp Lawyer
Permanent partial disability claims are notoriously complex. Workers who sustained a permanent impairment need reliable representation. With more than 30 years of experience representing injured workers in Virginia, our founding attorney Michele Lewane has skills and knowledge to help clients maximize their workers’ comp settlement. Among other things, our Richmond PPD lawyer will:
- Conduct an in-depth review of your work injury claim;
- Gather medical records and all other material evidence;
- Make sure that you have the proper PPD rating;
- Handle correspondence and negotiation with insurers; and
- Build a strategy focused on maximizing your PPD benefits.
Richmond workers deserve personalized legal representation from a lawyer who will put time, focus, and resources into getting them results. Our firm wants to prepare and inform workers. Before you sign any legal documents, know your rights. We encourage you to request your free copy of our exclusive e-book: The Ultimate Guide to Workers’ Compensation in Virginia.
Call Our Richmond Permanent Partial Disability Attorney Today
At Injured Workers’ Law Firm, our Virginia workers’ comp lawyers have extensive experience handling permanent partial disability claims. If you still have any remaining physical impairment after reaching maximum medical improvement, we are ready to help you fight for full and fair financial benefits. Contact us now at (804) 755-7755 for a confidential, no obligation case evaluation. We represent workers in PPD claims in Richmond and throughout Central Virginia.