What is an Impairment Rating?
Once you are qualified, we assist by determining your impairment rating. An impairment is defined as a decrease in the functioning of a body part or organ as it affects the whole body, as a result of the illness. An impairment rating is performed once the claimant has reached Maximum Medical Improvement (i.e. the condition is stabilized and is unlikely to improve with additional medical treatment). Impairment compensation is calculated at: $2,500 for every one percent of whole body impairment.
For example, for a 25% whole person impairment, the individual would receive compensation of $62,500 ($2,500 multiplied by 25 – one multiple for each percentile unit of impairment.)
($2,500 x 25%)
What is an Impairment Assessment?
Once you are qualified, we assist by determining your impairment rating through an impairment assessment. An impairment assessment is not a disability exam, but a reflection of how your whole body has been impaired by the covered illness. We determine the percentage of impairment as a result of your approved condition. Your rating for a specific impairment condition may be evaluated every two years.
We do not have to personally examine you to perform an impairment assessment. Information for the impairment assessment can be obtained from information in your most recent medical records and Activities of Daily Living (ADL) form. We can help you complete the ADL form during our interview. Interviews can be conducted in person or by telephone. If you have an authorized representative, they are welcome to participate in this interview. Drs. Meals and Tolar collaborate on every impairment rating for every claimant. No document leaves our office without review from both physicians. As we review your medical records, we often identify additional illnesses that may be claimed under EEOICPA in order to maximize your benefits.
What About New Conditions?
New conditions may be rated upon approval of the condition without waiting two years.
Before your impairment rating can be assigned, you must have an approved claim with the U.S. Department of Labor. Claims are filed and approved by the U.S. Department of Labor.
Once your claim is filed it will be sent to the U.S. Department of Labor district office. If you qualify, you will be provided with a U.S. DOL white medical benefits card. In addition to other benefits, this card may qualify you to file and receive an impairment rating under Part E of EEOICPA.
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