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Exploring Permanency Calculations for Workplace Injuries

Discovering the lasting impact of debilitating workplace injuries involves understanding four distinct methods of compensation as explained below. To discuss your workers’ compensation case after suffering a permanent on-the-job injury, contact Marker & Crannell. Based in Naperville and Aurora, we represent injured workers throughout the Chicago metro area and the state of Illinois.

Let our lawyers hear about your injuries as described below. We are here for you to help ensure that you receive all compensation and insurance benefits that you are eligible after suffering a permanent injury at work.

Schedule Injuries

Utilizing the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Statute, the most prevalent approach involves a schedule of body parts. Lawyers, arbitrators and judges refer to this schedule to assess the value of an injured worker’s injuries.

  • Calculations involve multiplying 60% of the employee’s average weekly wage (AWW) by the weeks on the schedule for the affected body part. This result is then multiplied by a percentage reflecting the severity or loss of use.
  • For instance, a complete amputation of a thumb equates to 76 weeks of 60% of the injured worker’s AWW.

The schedule details weeks assigned to various body parts, with different values for specific injuries.

Nonschedule Injuries (Affecting The Person As A Whole)

If an injury isn’t listed on the schedule but imposes limitations, the employee may be entitled to a percentage of 500 weeks of benefits based on the loss of the person as a whole.

This percentage is then multiplied by 60% of the employee’s AWW, commonly applicable to neck, back, and spinal injuries.

Understanding Illinois Wage Differential

In cases where injuries prevent a return to the previous job, a wage differential claim may be pursued. This claim allows the injured person to receive two-thirds of the difference between their average weekly wage before and after the injury.

Recovery under wage differential or permanency is exclusive, and an employee shall be paid the wage differential amount for five years or until reaching the age of 67.

Compensation After A Permanent Work-Related Injury

Permanent disfigurement to specific body parts entitles the employee to a maximum of 162 weeks of benefits at the Permanent Partial Disability (PPD) rate. This involves multiplying the weeks by 60% of the employee’s AWW.

If you suspect your workplace injuries might be permanent, it is important to seek legal advice promptly.

Discuss Your Permanent Injuries Occurring On The Job

The attorneys at Marker & Crannell in Naperville and Aurora, with over 35 years of combined experience, can provide a free consultation to explore your options. Contact them at 630-912-6009 or through email.