Factors Affecting Permanent Partial Disability Ratings in Workers' Compensation

  title={Factors Affecting Permanent Partial Disability Ratings in Workers' Compensation},
  author={David L. Durbin and Jennifer L Kish},
  journal={Journal of Risk and Insurance},
ABSTRACT Using a new and rich data source on permanent disability claims, this article explores two issues relating to permanent partial disability (PPD) benefits. First, the process of determining the final disability rating, which affects the actual level of PPD benefits, is modeled. Differences between the initial impairment rating provided by the treating physician and the final disability rating are investigated to determine what factors, in addition to physical impairment, influence the… 

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