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Permanent partial disability is a disability in which a wage earner is prevented permanently from working at full physical capability because of injury or illness. A benefit is paid to an employee due to the complete or partial loss of the body, or partial loss of use of the body as a whole. Loss of use generally means that an employee is unable to use the specific body part like s/he used it before the injury. These benefits are paid only if the work related injury results in some permanent loss.
The following is an example of a state statute (Ohio) that deals with the compensation of permanent partial disability:
ORC Ann. 4123.57 provides for payment of an award called permanent partial disability. There is a waiting period before the initial application for permanent partial disability can be filed. The waiting period is calculated from the date of injury or the last payment of temporary total or wage loss whichever is later.