If you have been hurt at work, it’s possible you’ve heard someone say something about “scheduled” and “non-scheduled” losses. Just what do those terms mean? What are the implications in your case?
A Scheduled Loss
A scheduled loss is one that is listed on a specific state schedule. These types of injuries typically involve readily identifiable body parts, including arms, legs, shoulders, hips, elbows, knees, wrists, ankles, fingers, toes, ears and eyes. If you suffer a permanent disability to a body part that is listed on the schedule, the amount of weeks you would receive benefits is calculated by looking at the degree of your disability and your “scheduled” number of weeks. For example, your injury may be listed as entitling you to 300 weeks, but the medical opinion is that you only have 25% loss of use with the foot—you’d be entitled to 75 weeks of compensation.
A Non-Scheduled Loss
Non-scheduled losses are those tied to other parts of the body, such as internal organs or your spinal cord. As will a scheduled loss, you will probably get a disability rating from the treating physician, which will estimate the degree of your disability. The number of weeks you’ll be able to recover benefits (at a rate of up to 70% of Average Weekly Wage) will be the percentage times 600 weeks.
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We handle all workers’ compensation cases on a contingency basis. There will be no attorney fees unless we get compensation for your losses.