Under Nevada workers' compensation law, the final settlement, called a permanent partial disability award (PPD) is based on 3 factors: 1) the percentage of impairment found by a rating doctor, 2) the average monthly wage of the injured worker, and 3) the age of the injured worker when the award is calculated. If the average monthly wage was calculated correctly on the claim, and the insurer has the correct age for the claimant, the percentage of impairment offered by the insurer is the only basis an injured worker has for challenging the amount of the PPD award. Both the injured worker and the insurer can disagree with the percentage of impairment the rating doctor finds. However, injured workers who file appeals of their PPD awards, arguing only that the amount of money offered is too low, almost always lose their appeals.
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