November 4, 2018


What is PDA?

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PDA permanent disability advanceThis is a question that often arises for an injured worker some are during the life of their case. PDA stands for permanent disability advance. Permanent partial disability /PDA is calculated after you have become permanent and stationary (reached maximum medical improvement) and have some level of impairment found in the evaluating physicians permanent and stationary report. If you have no impairment, you are not entitled to any permanent partial disability/PDA. If there is a dispute as to the amount of permanent partial disability there may or may not be PDA depending on the circumstances of your case. Here are some standard definitions that relate to PDA for your information. If you would like a free consultation to further discuss PDA and permanent partial disability, please contact my office.


Permanent and stationary (P&S): Your medical condition has reached maximum medical improvement. Once you are P&S, a doctor can assess how much, if any, permanent disability resulted from your work injury. If your disability is rated under the 2005 schedule you will see the term maximal medical improvement (MMI) used in place of P&S. See also P&S report.
Permanent disability (PD): Any lasting disability that results in a reduced earning capacity after maximum medical improvement is reached.
Permanent disability rating (PDR): A percentage that estimates how much a job injury permanently limits the kinds of work you can do. It is based on your medical condition, date of injury, age when injured, occupation when injured, how much of the disability is caused by your job, and your diminished future earning capacity. It determines the number of weeks you are entitled to permanent disability benefits.
Permanent disability rating schedule (PDRS): A DWC publication containing detailed information used to rate permanent disabilities. One of three schedules will be used to rate your disability, depending on when you were injured.
Permanent disability (PD) benefits: Payments you receive when your work injury permanently limits the kinds of work you can do or your ability to earn a living.
Permanent disability advance (PDA): A voluntary lump sum payment of permanent disability you are due in the future.
Permanent disability payments: A mandatory bi-weekly payment based on the undisputed portion of permanent disability received before and/or after an award is issued.
Permanent partial disability award: A final award of permanent partial disability made by a workers’ compensation judge or the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board.
Permanent partial disability (PPD) benefits: Payments you receive when your work injury partially limits the kinds of work you can do or your ability to earn a living.
Permanent total disability (PTD) benefits: Payments you receive when you are considered permanently unable to earn a living.