By Robert T. Reville

ISBN-10: 0833038133

ISBN-13: 9780833038135

Systemically evaluates the California everlasting incapacity rankings process used ahead of the state's contemporary workers repayment.

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Systemically evaluates the California everlasting incapacity rankings approach used sooner than the state's contemporary people repayment.

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We begin with an introduction to the basic concepts that are central to understanding the important features of PPD benefits, including a description of the permanent consequences of injuries and diseases. We then examine the policy issues that every jurisdiction must address (explicitly or implicitly) in designing a system of PPD benefits. Appendix A describes the various operational approaches adopted by the states to compensate permanent disability. Basic Concepts and Terminology States differ significantly in their approach to compensating permanent disabilities, such as the operational approach used to provide PPD benefits.

The 1914 California schedule used a hypothetical “standard man” as a reference point for the occupational and age adjustments made to the standard rating of an injury. The standard occupation was ditch digger. For the standard age, the 1910 census in California was used. After certain actuarial adjustments were made, the average worker was found to be 39 years old. Thus, the worker used as the standard in the 1914 schedule was a 39-year-old ditch digger (laborer). ____________ 2 While the California workers’ compensation statute does not include a schedule with the duration of PPD benefits associated with the loss of or loss of use of particular body parts, Section 4662 of the California Labor Code conclusively presumes that certain types of impairments (such as loss of both hands or incurable insanity) constitute permanent total disability.

Cash) benefits. One reason for the complexity is the fact that the criteria and procedures for and relative share of PPD benefits vary widely among states. Much of the controversy surrounding PPD in California has focused on the rating schedule. The rating schedule is used to convert the medical evaluation of an impairment into a quantitative measure of the severity of the disability. This measure, the disability rating, is then converted into a benefit amount based on the preinjury wage. Higher ratings translate into higher benefits, reflecting the fact that one would expect more serious injuries to have a more disabling effect on a person’s ability to work.

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