Kansas law regarding WC payments is found in K.S.A. 44, Article 5 and 5a, and Regulations
51. All periodic payments are subject to the state maximum and minimum amounts. The
maximum amount is based on the date of injury; the minimum WC payment is $25 per week.
An individual who was partially disabled but whose injury is not covered by the ‘schedule’
(as described below) receives the greater of the following: the percentage of functional
impairment (PP General Disability) or TP. Individuals earning 90 percent of their pre-injury wage are limited to functional
1. Temporary Partial (TP)
Payment is based on 66.6667 percent of the difference between the individual’s average gross
weekly wage before and after the injury. TP is paid until the wage loss is no longer
present, or the benefit maximum of $100,000.00 is reached, whichever comes first.
Although TT is paid for the duration of the disability, it is limited to a maximum
of $100,000.00. The number of weeks of TT paid is deducted from the allowable number
of weeks of PP awarded for both ‘scheduled’ and ‘general’ disability.
PT is paid for the duration of the disability, up to a maximum of $125,000.00. If
the individual’s condition improves, PT may be followed by PP General Disability.
4. Permanent Partial (PP) Scheduled Disability
This PP is paid when the individual sustains complete or partial loss of use of a body
part, such as an arm. Compensation is based on 66.6667 percent of the individual’s
average gross weekly wage (or a percentage of that amount for only partial loss of
use) and is limited to a certain number of weeks as determined by law (K.S.A. 44-510d)
and referred to as the ’schedule.’ An additional ‘healing period’ of 10 percent of
the schedule or partial schedule (limited to 15 weeks) may be granted in cases of
5. Permanent Partial (PP) General Disability
This PP is paid when the employee sustains permanent partial disability not specifically
covered by the schedule. Compensation is based on 66.6667 percent of the individual’s
average gross weekly wage times the percentage of disability remaining after recovery
(referred to as ‘functional impairment’). It is limited to 415 weeks and cannot exceed
Kansas law requires that compensation be paid for permanent disability by the week
until paid in full unless all parties agree to a lump sum payment to close the claim.
The settlement must be in best interests of the individual, and must be filed with
the WC Court in order to be binding.