How does a doctor’s impairment rating affect the value of my case?
In the vast majority of cases, the employer will send you to a doctor of their choice. When the doctor determines that you have reached maximum medical improvement (that you are as good as you are going to get medically) then they will often issue a percentage rating for your injuries. For example, let’s say that you have an injury to your shoulder and the doctor (picked by the employer) assigns an 10% rating to the shoulder. Your case may then be worth 30 weeks of benefits. However, other factors, such as your level of education and how seriously the injury impacts your ability to work, may impact the final disability rating that you are given. Talk to a workers’ compensation attorney to find out whether you are receiving a proper disability rating for your injuries.