In the New York State Workers’ Compensation world, PHP refers to protracted healing period and it becomes relevant when a schedule loss of use award is made because an injured worker has a permanent loss of function or motion.
Simply put, a schedule loss of use will translate into a finite number of weeks of compensation. Protracted healing period, in certain cases, can be added to the schedule loss of use award increasing the one time payment a claimant may be owed.
The protracted healing period represents a specific numbers of weeks which correspond to a schedulable body part. For instances, the healing period for an arm injury is 32 weeks. This means that if it can be shown that a claimant has been totally disabled for more than 32 weeks because of an arm injury, the number of weeks beyond the healing period can be added to the schedule award. In certain cases, this can be a significant difference in the amount of benefits paid for the schedule loss.