How is permanent scheduled impairment calculated?
Arizona calculates permanent disability benefits in different ways, depending on the affected body part and the extent of impairment. Arizona has a schedule for the amount and duration of permanent partial disability (PPD) benefits when you have lost the functional use of an extremity (for example, arm, hand, finger, foot or leg) or you have suffered loss of eyesight or hearing.
Your benefits will be based on a percentage of your pre-injury wages, including:
- 50 percent for partial loss of use
- 55 percent for total loss of use or amputation
- 75 percent if you cannot return to work because of lost use of the body part
You will receive those benefits for a period of time listed in the schedule for each affected part of the body. If you are permanently and totally disabled as a result of your work-related injury or illness, you may receive benefits for the rest of your life at the same rate as temporary total disability.