If a worker is left with a permanent impairment from the work injury, he is entitled
to this additional compensation for his permanent loss of function. PP is paid in
addition to TT at the end of TT and is not reduced for TT previously paid. In Vermont,
WC is only paid for disfigurement when it results in permanent impairment of function.
Injuries before 04/01/1995: PP was calculated according to the specific body part injured. Example: A worker
injured a knee and a physician determined that he had a 10 percent impairment of the
lower extremity. The PP awarded was based on his percentage loss of function: 21.5
weeks of PP WC (215 weeks based on the body part injured, times 10 percent, equaled
Injuries on or after 04/01/1995: PP is calculated based on the ‘whole person’ impairment. The American Medical Association’s
rating system is used, except that spine injuries must be calculated based upon 550
weeks: all other injuries are calculated based upon 405 weeks. Example: 20 percent
spine impairments would entitle workers to 110 weeks of PP WC (550 weeks, times 20
percent, equals 110 weeks).