What is a “Scheduled Loss of Use Award” in a Workers’ Compensation Claim?

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When you’ve been hurt on the job in New York, you have a right to pursue weekly benefits through the state’s workers’ compensation program for any time when you cannot perform your job because of your injuries. What you may not know is that, if you sustain an injury to what is considered a “body extremity,” you may also be entitled to an additional award of money at the end of your case. It’s known as a “scheduled loss of use (SLU) award,” and is available to workers who have suffered an injury to arms, legs, hands, feet, fingers and toes.

Here’s how it works. If you have reached a point in your workers’ compensation claim where you’ve either returned to work or you no longer require medical treatment, you can schedule a visit with your treating physician. The doctor will conduct an examination and make a determination of whether there is any permanent damage to an extremity. If the doctor diagnoses any permanent condition, he or she will then complete a medical form, identifying the permanent percentage of damage to the specific body part.

Once the doctor has identified the percentage of loss of use, an award for that loss is determined, based on a schedule that identifies the value of the different extremities. The percentage of the loss multiplied by the value of the extremity will equal the amount of the scheduled loss of use award.

What Is a “Scheduled Loss of Use Award”?

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