Permanent partial disability benefits are paid to injured employees who after medical treatment have resulting permanent occupational injuries. Permanent partial disability is paid as a percentage of the employee’s pre-injury salary. Evaluation of payment follows strict guidelines determined by the state legislature. Permanent Partial Disability benefits are paid weekly and adhere to the following restriction: payments are limited to 70% of the worker’s pre-injury earnings up to the maximum amount, currently $323. Some specific injuries are limited in payment to a length of weeks; the loss of a thumb for example, prompts payment for 66 weeks. Deafness from an industrial accident prompts payment for 330 weeks.
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