Workers Comp Lingo: 7 Terms to Know
Like with most legal issues, workers compensation comes with a whole host of potentially confusing terms. Many people who have been hurt on the job just want to focus on their recovery, not have to read complicated legal paperwork. Thankfully, your workers compensation attorney in Sherman Oaks will be able to handle much of that for you, and will offer steady guidance through each step of your case. However, it never hurts to familiarize yourself with some of the most common terms that you’ll see in your case paperwork, and may notice in your exams and hearings.
Here are seven key terms that will help you better understand your workers comp case:
- Average weekly wage (AWW)
The AWW is often used to determine your rate of temporary or permanent disability. It is calculated by taking your last year’s income and dividing it by 52.
- Impairment rating (IR)
Sometimes called physical impairment rating (PIR), this value is given to you based upon professional medical examinations. Your level of ability is rated as a percentage, and may be given to your body as a whole, or a specific body part.
- Permanent total (PTD) permanent partial (PPD), temporary total (TTD), temporary partial disability (TPD)
Depending on your injuries, you will receive one of the following classifications for your case file. PPD= permanent partial disability, PTD= permanent total disability, TTD= temporary total disability, TPD= temporary partial disability. Your benefits will be determined accordingly.
- Wrongful termination (WT)
Also known as retaliatory discharge (RD), this happens when an employer wrongfully fires an employee for filing a workers compensation claim. There are laws that prohibit this, so make sure to talk to your attorney if you suspect you’ve been wrongfully let go.
- Independent medical examination (IME)
Your physical examination by an approved third-party medical professional is used to get a full workup of your injuries, and to determine your level of disability.
- Functional capacity evaluation (FCE)
This is a series of tests, often administered by a physical therapist or other medical professional, used to categorize your capabilities and restrictions. You may be recommended for certain types of work, based upon your FCE.
- Date of injury (DOI)
Also called date of accident (DOA), this is the legal notation of the date that you claimed you were injured. This may correspond with the date you filed your initial paperwork with your employer and/or sought medical care.
If you want to learn more about workers comp cases, or if you need help getting the benefits that you deserve, reach out to us at the Employee Defense Group. Ask for your free consultation to get started.