What Does A 10 Impairment Rating Mean?

What does a 10 percent impairment rating mean?

What is an Impairment Rating.

The impairment rating is usually a number that the doctor assigns to your injury.

Typically if you have a back injury, it may be a 10 percent or a 15 percent impairment rating.

An impairment rating is meant to be the percentage of injury that you have to that part of your body..

What does a 20 impairment rating mean?

If it is from 16 to 20%, you get 4 weeks of lost wages. 21% or higher, you get 6 weeks of lost wages for each percentage point. So, if your doctor has given you a 3% impairment rating, you get 2 weeks of permanent impairment benefits for every percentage point – six weeks of benefits.

How is impairment rating calculated?

The rating gives a percentage number – between 0 and 100 – to the level of impairment, so the worker, employer and insurer can all understand how much the worker has been injured and how much the impairment will affect work.

What is a 5% impairment rating?

When you have reached mmi, maximum medical improvement, you will receive an impairment rating, which is what the 5% is. You will be paid 3 wks of workmans comp benefits (70% of your weekly salary, but there is a roof limit on it) for each percentage point.

Why do workers comp doctors lie?

Because many people worry about a preexisting injury affecting their claim, they may be tempted to lie and say they didn’t have a previous injury. Unfortunately, this can hurt your claim, too. Your doctor can easily find out about your previous accident, especially if they have access to your medical records.

What is a 15 impairment rating?

It means that there is a 99% chance the carrier will dispute it because 15% IR makes you eligible to receive SIBs.

What does a 0% impairment rating mean?

In the AMA Guides, “[a] 0% whole person (WP) impairment rating is assigned to an individual with an impairment if the impairment has no significant organ or body system functional consequences and does not limit the performance of the common activities of daily living indicated in Table 1-2.” [emphasis added.]

How are impairment benefits paid?

Impairment benefits are paid at 75% of your average weekly temporary total benefits. This is normally your weekly compensation rate. If you return to work and are earning pre-injury wages, these benefits are reduced by 50%.

What happens after you reach MMI?

Once MMI is reached, the injured employee must choose between a final lump sum settlement or ongoing benefits. If they are offered a settlement, they must sign a release, forfeiting their rights to any future claims.