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This research brief describes work documented in Findings and Recommendations on California's Permanent Partial Disability System: Executive Summary (MR-919-ICJ) and Compensating Permanent Workplace Injuries: A Study of the California System (MR-920-ICJ).

Excerpt: A study of California's vast workers' compensation system found that workers who suffer workplace injuries resulting in a permanent disability experience large and sustained wage losses. Moreover, drawing on data from 1991 and 1992 claimants, researchers concluded that permanent partial disability (PPD) benefits, on average, compensated 40 percent of those lost wages. Injured workers with minor permanent impairments received less compensation — from about 12 to 35 percent of lost wages.

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