A permanent impairment is defined as a physical or mental impairment that has reached its maximum medical improvement (MMI), meaning it’s unlikely to change either with or without further medical treatment.
A permanent impairment rating, sometimes referred to as a permanent disability rating, helps the Department of Labor (DOL) quantify the degree of permanent damage resulting from a work-related injury or an occupation-related chronic illness.
Only a physician can determine whether an injured worker has reached MMI status and can no longer be helped by medical treatment. Your treating physician usually establishes your MMI date, or the date at which it’s determined that the long-term effects of your work-related injury or illness are fully known and fair compensation can be decided. Your workers’ compensation carrier may also request an independent medical examination by a qualified physician.
The Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs (OWCP) Federal Workers’ Comp allows injured federal workers a chance to receive a so-called “final settlement” after they have reached MMI status with their DOL workers’ comp injury.
This final settlement is called a schedule award, and it requires a final permanent impairment rating by a doctor who is specially trained to carry out these medical ratings. The trained physician can only perform a schedule award impairment rating by using the American Medical Association (AMA) Guide to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment.
Unfortunately, very few doctors know how to perform schedule award impairment ratings, because they’re complicated and require such specialized training and knowledge. For this reason, injured federal workers being treated in OWCP workers’ comp programs are typically advised to ask their primary care doctors if they’re trained to perform schedule award impairment ratings.
If the doctor can’t answer “yes” to this question, injured workers should find a physician who is trained and knowledgeable. If you live in north Texas, you needn’t look further than WolMed to find doctors who can offer the help you need to get the correct final settlement that’s due to you by law. Not only are they trained and knowledgeable, but they have performed countless schedule award impairment ratings over the years.
OWCP Federal Workers Comp allows injured federal workers a chance to receive a sort of “final settlement” after they have reached maximum medical improvement of their DOL workers comp injury. This “final settlement” is called a Schedule Award and it requires a final impairment rating by a doctor who is trained in Schedule Award Impairment Ratings. The doctor must be able to use the AMA Guide to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment to perform a Schedule Award Impairment Rating.
Unfortunately, very few doctors know how to perform Schedule Award Impairment Ratings because they are too complicated and require such specialized training and knowledge. For this reason, it is advisable that federal injured workers being treated in OWCP workers comp programs ask their doctor if they are trained and knowledgeable about Schedule Award Impairment Ratings. If the doctor can’t answer “yes” to this, injured workers should find a doctor who is trained and knowledgeable. With that said, WolMed doctors are trained and knowledgeable about Schedule Award Impairment Ratings as we have performed countless numbers of them over the years.
Have you reached Maximum Medical Improvement (MMI) in your OWCP federal workers comp claim? Is your OWCP doctor trained and knowledgeable about Schedule Award Impairment Ratings? If you want to be certain that your Schedule Award will give you the correct “final settlement” that is due to you by law, then call the OWCP DOL doctors at WolMed, who are experts in Schedule Award Impairment Ratings. We want to be your OWCP doctor.