Last Updated: 7/21/2023

If you suffered a permanent – but not complete – disability on the job, you may qualify for permanent partial disability (PPD) under Iowa’s workers’ compensation law. The amount (Iowa work comp perm total)

and duration of benefits you’re entitled to depend on which part of your body sustained the injury.

When your healing period (HP) benefits end, you will begin receiving one of two types of PPD benefits, each discussed below.

Scheduled Member Disabilities

The Iowa Division of Workers' Compensation utilizes Appendix A, a list of scheduled body members (arm, thumb, etc.), to determine worker’s PPD benefit amount. The list provides the guidelines for determining the number of weeks you’re eligible for benefits, based on what member of your body is permanently disabled(iowa work comp perm total).

The body members and the correlating number of eligible weeks (Iowa work comp perm total) are as follows.

  • Loss of thumb – 60 weeks
  • Loss of first finger – 35 weeks
  • Loss of second finger – 30 weeks
  • Loss of third finger – 25 weeks
  • Loss of fourth finger – 20 weeks
  • Loss of hand – 190 weeks
  • Loss of arm – 250 weeks
  • Loss of great toe – 40 weeks
  • Loss of any other toe – 15 weeks
  • Loss of foot – 150 weeks
  • Loss of leg – 220 weeks
  • Loss of eye – 140 weeks
  • Loss of hearing in one ear – 50 weeks
  • Loss of hearing in both ears – 175 weeks
  • Permanent disfigurement, face or head – 150 weeks
  • Body as a whole/industrial disability – 500 weeks

If you lose complete function of a body part listed above, you will receive the benefits for the entire duration listed. If you lose only partial function, e.g., 50 percent of the use of your arm, you will receive workers’ comp benefit for half the allotted time, or 125 weeks.

Meaning of Unscheduled Loss

Unlike injuries that fall under the state's schedule of benefits, which outline specific compensatory amounts for designated body parts, unscheduled losses encompass a broader array of injuries that may affect multiple body parts or the body as a whole. Rather than using a list of members, your PPD benefits will be calculated according to the degree to which your disability affects your earning capacity. Think of back injuries, head trauma, or even psychological conditions stemming from workplace incidents. These cases demand a nuanced approach, as determining the extent of disability and appropriate compensation often requires careful evaluation. For Iowa workers' comp lawyers, advocating for individuals facing unscheduled losses becomes a pivotal task, ensuring they receive fair recompense for their injuries and the associated impacts on their lives.

Unscheduled Disabilities

Injuries to the hips, shoulders, back, and neck fall under unscheduled disabilities. The Workers’ Comp board will determine your disability benefits using a variety of factors, such as those listed below.

  • How the injury affected your earnings
  • Your medical history
  • The duration of your healing period
  • Your work experience prior to the injury
  • Your potential for rehabilitation
  • Your qualifications, including intellectual, educational, emotional, physical, age, and motivation
  • The degree of functional impairment your injury has caused
  • Earnings you’ve lost as a result of changing jobs to accommodate your injury
  • Your inability to do work that you’re suited to do

Note that there isn’t a specific protocol for how each of these factors can be used to determine your disability rating, which means there’s a degree of discretion on the insurer’s part. If you feel like your rating is far lower than what it should be, you’ll want to contact a disability attorney for help.

Challenging Your Disability Rating

If your workers’ comp claim has been denied or the doctor has given you a lower rating than you think is fair, your attorney can guide you through the negotiations and appeals process. It’s possible your lawyer can work out an agreement with your employer or insurer to obtain a fair rating, Iowa work comp perm total, and benefit.

The workers' compensation commissioner will oversee any disputes. If it cannot be resolved by discussion and negotiation, your attorney can help you bring the issue to court for a hearing. It’s important to fight for your rights to benefits because your workers’ comp payments will undoubtedly be a lifeline for staying afloat financially after a disability.

Speak to a Worker’s Comp Lawyer in Iowa

For a free consult with a workers’ compensation attorney in Iowa, call the office of Walker, Billingsley & Bair. Chat Here Now or Contact us today to speak with a member of our team at (515) 440-2852.

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