Examples of Simple Finger Injury Calculations

For these examples, we assumed the injury took place in January 2019 and the employee is entitled to the maximum rate of $362.00.

Maximum Weekly PPD Rates for other dates of injury

PPD rating by doctor:

1% to the distal joint, left ring finger, and 4% to the middle joint, left ring finger:

Start with the most distal joint (in this case, the distal joint):

  1. 1% X 6 weeks (per schedule) = .06 weeks (distal joint)
  2. Then, subtract the .06 weeks from 15 weeks (ring finger, middle joint, per schedule)= 14.94 weeks
  3. 14.94 weeks X 4% (for middle joint rating) = .6 weeks
  4. plus 20% of .06 weeks (the equal or lesser injury)=.01 weeks
  5. .06 wks (distal) + .6 wks (middle) + .01 wks (multiple) = .67 weeks X $362.00=$242.54

"Only related to loss of PIP joint extension;" left little finger, middle joint lacks 11 degrees extension. Uninjured right little finger has range of motion (rom) of 0 to 90 degrees at middle joint:

  1. 11/90 (normal rom) =.122, or 12.2%
  2. 12.2% loss of extension, middle joint is equal to 3% loss of use per DWD 80.32
  3. 3% X 16 weeks (per schedule) =.48 weeks
  4. .48 weeks X $362.00 = $173.76

Right index finger 45 degrees loss of flexion at the proximal joint, plus an additional 2% for loss of sensation; right middle finger 5% at the proximal joint for loss of sensation; Uninjured left index finger has rom of 0 to 90 degrees at proximal joint:

  1. 45/90 (normal rom) =.5, or 50%
  2. 50% loss of flexion, index finger proximal joint is equal to 25% loss of use per DWD 80.32
  3. 25% + 2% (for additional assigned by doctor) = 27% loss of use
  4. 27% X 50 weeks (per schedule) = 13.5 weeks
  5. 5% X 35 weeks (per schedule) = 1.75 weeks (right middle finger rating)
  6. plus 100% of 1.75 weeks (the equal or lesser injury)= 1.75 weeks
  7. 13.5 wks (rt index prox) + 1.75 wks (rt middle finger prox) + 1.75 weeks (multiple) =17 wks X $282.00 = $4794.00

PPD is to be paid at a rate of $1568.67 a month until sum of it has been paid.