Workers' Compensation Schedule Loss of Use Awards in New York
What is a schedule loss of use?A schedule loss of use (or SLU) is an award for the loss of a body part.The award is given to the injured worker for the functional loss of a body part. If there is complete loss that award would be 100% of the maximum number of weeks that body part would be entitled to, meaning that you would receive your average weekly wage award for that number of weeks. For instance, in New York an arm is worth 312 weeks. If you were to have a complete loss of an arm the maximum amount of compensation you can receive for that loss would be 312 weeks. If your average weekly wage was $300 per week, you would receive $200 for 312 weeks or $62,400. Your physician must make a determination as to the percentage of your loss. This cannot occur until you reach maximum medical improvement. The definition of maximum medical improvement cannot occur until at least one year since the injury date or surgery. The time for you to reach maximum medical improvement is also a medical decision for your physician.
How is a SLU awarded made under the New York State Workers' Compensation Law?In order for you to be awarded the schedule loss of use, your doctor must determine that you have reach max medical improvement and then make their opinion known in their C-4 as to the exact amount of your loss. In New York, the number of weeks for each body part that can be awarded is as follows:
First Finger 46
Second Figure 30
Third Finger 35
Great Toe 38
Other Toes 16
If you are injured in New York State, you should be contacting a Workers' Compensation attorney in your area to assist you in maximizing the amount of compensation you will receive. If you are in the Syracuse area I would invite you to call my office at 315-451-3040 or visit my office website at http://www.syracuseworkerscomp.com for a free consultation.