What is a Schedule Loss of Use (SLU) for Workers Compensation?

The Law Offices of Joseph A. Romano, P.C. on Tuesday, June 6, 2017.

A schedule loss of use is a type of settlement for your workers compensation case. When one of your extremities is injured at work, it may lose a range of motion, thus requiring an amount of compensation. So how is it calculated?

Schedule Loss of Use – a Workers Compensation award (monetary award) that people with permanent damage to their extremities (such as arms, legs, fingers, toes, etc…) are given as a result of work related injuries. The extremity is reviewed by a doctor to determine a percentage loss of use which determines the loss of functionality in the extremity.

The extent of the award is determined based on several factors but two specific ones:

  • The percentage loss of use to the extremity
    • As mentioned above, a doctor determines the percentage loss of use. The amount of weeks you’re entitled to benefits is also determined by the percentage loss of use. Download our Schedule loss of use guide below to see how many weeks you’re entitled to benefits based on the percentage loss of use.

Download Our SLU Guide

  • Your Average Weekly Wage at the time of the accident
    • The amount of money a person is entitled to depends on how much money they were earning at the time of the accident. The Average Weekly Wage (AWW) is different for each person.

Another great benefit to SLU is that your medical coverage remains open after the settlement. Sometimes injuries to your extremities, such as knees or elbows, can get much worse over time. By keeping your medical open, you can still have surgery 10-15 years after the injury and not have to pay out of pocket for the procedure.

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**This blog post is for informational purposes. Your specific circumstances may vary from the information provided. Every case is different. Prior results do not guarantee future outcomes. The contents contained in this post do not establish an attorney-client relationship. Please contact us before sending confidential or time-sensitive material**

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