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What is a Permanent Partial Disability (PPD) rating?

In an accepted Georgia workers' compensation claim, the treating doctor may assign an injured worker a Permanent Partial Disability (PPD) rating. The PPD rating is a percentage of loss of use of a particular body parts. For instance, following a work related shoulder injury, the treating physician might assign a 15% PPD rating to the upper extremity. This percentage translates into a dollar figure which is owed to the injured worker by the insurance carrier. This is not the same as a settlement. A PPD rating can be lumped into a settlement, but is not the same as a settlement. If you have questions about a work comp PPD rating, contact Atlanta workers' compensation attorney Brian H. Sumrall at (404)924-4595 or visit