What is the name of your state (only U.S. law)? Missouri
My question might be easy for someone to answer, but as for me, I couldn't find what I was looking for when searching online. Anyways, I fractured my pinky finger at work, went through all the healing process and all that, but it healed wrong. I can't bend it properly. My finger stops at around an inch from my palm now. ( Looks like a failed attempt at impersonating Dr. Evil from Austin Powers )
I can't straighten my finger out either. It's slightly disfigured, sitting at a slight curve. If I force it in a straight position and let go, it goes back into the curved position. I'm assuming tendons were damaged. The finger next to it also has slight damage as well.
Since the accident, my hand feels tight whenever making a fist now. My doctor says it's going to be a chronic issue from now on as well. I'm an avid gamer, playing video games either on the computer or on my ps4, so when I play now, it would take 30 minutes to an hour and my hand would feel stiff. Some could say my age may play a part in this, but I didn't have these issues before the injury. My fingers feel stiff after washing dishes now as well. Opening jars, or opening anything for that matter, is a pain and carrying groceries is no fun either. Forget using power tools or mowing the lawn. It's my dominate hand so this really sucks. I asked about getting surgery, but was told that I would be back at square one and it might do more damage than good, so I decided against it. This was after 12 weeks of recovery.
My question is, how would they calculate the impairment? Would the Permanent Partial Disability chart in the link below be used for the impairment?
My doctor did say that my injury would be considered a PPD. I know nobody can give a definite answer without me actually having the impairment done, but was hoping for a rough idea on what to expect.
Any advice or thoughts on the matter would be greatly appreciated.