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Every few years the Permanent Partial Disability rate or PPD rate changes here in Wisconsin. Find out what changes came to the PPD for 2023, how the PPD is calculated on an individual basis, and what these changes mean for you. As always, Tabak Law is here to help! 

Updated Permanent Partial Disability Rate for 2023

On April 8, 2022, Wisconsin Governor Evers signed 2021 Wisconsin Act 232 into law, which makes changes to workers’ compensation regulations in the state. The new law modifies the payment amounts for injured workers and the wage calculation process for part-time employees. Under the law, the maximum weekly Permanent Partial Disability (PPD) benefit rate increases from $362 to $415 for injuries occurring on or after April 10, 2022, and will increase further to $430 for injuries occurring on or after January 1, 2023.

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What is the Permanent Partial Disability Rate?

The Permanent Partial Disability rate or PPD rate is a payment amount of which you can receive a portion or all as the result of a workplace injury that leaves you partially but permanently disabled.

How is Your PPD Calculated?

Gavel next to a stethoscope and scrubs

Before your PPD is calculated your final determination must be made which typically occurs once you have reached MMI, or maximum medical improvement. In other words, if you injure a finger, they will wait to make a determination until you are fully or at least nearly as healed as you are going to get from the injury. This will be determined by a doctor.

At that point, your treating physician will asses a disability percentage. To determine your PPD you take this percentage and multiply it by the number of payable weeks for the associated injury. The week number varies based on the injury and you can try to see where your injury will land using the chart below.

Permanent Partial Disability Schedule Chart

Loss of Body PartWeeks of Compensation
FingerDistal2nd JointProximalMetacarpal & metacarpal bone
Thumb50 weeks120 weeks160 weeks
Index12 weeks30 weeks50 weeks60 weeks
Middle8 weeks20 weeks35 weeks45 weeks
Ring6 weeks15 weeks20 weeks26 weeks
Little6 weeks16 weeks22 weeks28 weeks
Loss of Body PartWeeks of Compensation
Arm at the shoulder500 weeks
Arm at the elbow450 weeks
Hand/at wrist400 weeks
Palm where thumb remains325 weeks
All fingers on one hand at their proximal joints225 weeks
Loss of Body PartWeeks of Compensation
Leg at the hip joint500 weeks
Leg at the knee425 weeks
Foot at the ankle250 weeks
Loss of Body PartWeeks of Compensation
ToeDistal2nd JointProximalMetacarpal & metacarpal bone
Great12 weeks25 weeks83 1/3 weeks
Second4 weeks6 weeks8 weeks25 weeks
Third4 weeks4 weeks6 weeks20 weeks
Fourth4 weeks4 weeks6 weeks20 weeks
Little4 weeks4 weeks6 weeks20 weeks
Loss of Body PartWeeks of Compensation
One Eye, by enucleation or evisceration275 weeks
One Eye for industrial use250 weeks
Total Deafness by accident or sudden trauma330 weeks
Total deafness, one ear from accident or sudden trauma55 weeks

Once you have the week number multiplied by the percentage, you multiply that by the max PPD amount. Due to recent changes, this amount has gone up to $430 as of January 1st of 2023. However, the amount used depends on when your injury occurred. If the injury occurred in June 2020, you would use the old amount established for that time frame (which is $362).

What Does Work-Related Mean for Worker’s Compensation?

How is Your PPD Paid?

First, let’s go through a quick example. Let’s assume your disability percentage is set at 20%, you were injured at the ankle (250 weeks), and your injury occurred in February of 2023 with a max rate of $430. You multiply these together (.20 X 250 X $430) to get $21,500.

How you get paid that amount may be different than you expect. You don’t get paid based on the weekly amount nor do you get paid as one lump sum. Instead, you get paid at a rate of $1,568.67 per month until your total benefit amount has been paid, typically meaning that your last payment amount will be partial.

Read More: When You Are Hurt At Work What Benefits Are You Entitled To?

Need Legal Help Fighting for Your Permanent Partial Disability Benefit?

Tabak Law is here to help. We are a Wisconsin firm based out of Milwaukee, and we have the expertise that you want on your side as you fight for the benefits that you deserve. If you have any questions or want a free case review, please reach out to Tabak today!

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