How much will I be paid if I am permanently disabled due to a Longshore injury?

There are two types of permanent disability benefits: permanent partial disability and permanent total disability. Those benefits are paid for injuries to the body as a whole which would include injuries to the head, neck, shoulders, back, hips and psychological injuries. If you do not have an injury to the body as a whole, you may have an injury to a specific body part. 

If you are permanently totally disabled (PTD), you should receive compensation at 2/3 of your AWW. 

For example, if your AWW is $600 per week, your PTD rate is $400 per week (600 X 2/3 = 400). 

These benefits may be increased by the increase in the national average weekly wage each year. 

If you are permanently and partially disabled (PPD), you should be compensated at 2/3 of the difference between your AWW and what you are now able to earn. For example, if your AWW was $600 per week and you are now only able to earn $300 per week, your PPD rate is $200 per week. (600 – 300 = 300 X 2/3 = 200). 

You can receive a permanent disability compensation for a specific body part which is called a scheduled award. Scheduled award benefits are paid at a certain number of weeks for the body 

part injured in accordance with the following schedule: 

(1) Arm lost, three hundred and twelve weeks’ compensation. 

(2) Leg lost, two hundred and eighty-eight weeks’ compensation. 

(3) Hand lost, two hundred and forty-four weeks’ compensation. 

(4) Foot lost, two hundred and five weeks’ compensation. 

(5) Eye lost, one hundred and sixty weeks’ compensation. 

(6) Thumb lost, seventy-five weeks’ compensation. 

(7) First finger lost, forty-six weeks’ compensation. 

(8) Great toe lost, thirty-eight weeks’ compensation. 

(9) Second finger lost, thirty weeks’ compensation. 

(10) Third finger lost, twenty-five weeks’ compensation. 

(11) Toe other than great toe lost, sixteen weeks’ compensation. 

(12) Fourth finger lost, fifteen weeks’ compensation. 

(13) Loss of hearing: 

(A) Compensation for loss of hearing in one ear, fifty-two weeks. 

(B) Compensation for loss of hearing in both ears, two-hundred weeks. 

If you have a partial loss to one of these body parts, you will get the number of weeks corresponding to the percentage of disability that you have. For example if you have a 10% impairment to your arm, you will be entitled to 32 weeks of compensation once you reach MM I. 

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