Permanent Partial Disability
After you reach the point of stability or maximum medical recovery, you may be sent to a physician to evaluate the extent of your permanent impairment. The evaluation will be used to determine the amount of your PPD award. The PPD is an indemnity benefit and is payable even if you have returned to work.
If an injury results in a permanent disfigurement, you may be entitled to additional compensation. Disfigurement includes scars, deformity, and discoloration. Laceration scars and surgical scars are reviewed six months from date of occurrence; however, burn scars are evaluated after one year. At the appropriate six-month or twelve-month timeframe, you may call this Division or on the neighbor-island, the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations District Office nearest you, to request your disfigurement be evaluated