Permanent injury or impairment can be a major factor in any personal injury or workers compensation case. Doctors base permanent impairment ratings on three different criteria.

1. Diagnosis: The proper and accurate diagnosis is crucial in defining the injury as well as the disability that the doctor expects the client to have as a result of the injury.

2. Diagnostic studies: MRI’s, CT scan, X-rays; etc are all used to help establish an accurate objective diagnosis.

3. Functional Impairments: These types of impairments determine the range of ratings that the client will fall into based on the results of a Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE). The evaluation findings confirm the diagnosis and quantifies its severity.

Permanent impairment ratings are used to maximize the value of the case by showing the full impact of the injury and how it affects the client’s ability to perform work related tasks, activities of daily living, and leisure activities. If you have a client that has deficits both cognitively and / or orthopedically, a functional capacity evaluation is the most valid and objective test that will assist in accurately determining the impairment rating.
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