If you suffered a work related injury in Texas and your employer is a subscriber to the Texas Workers’ Compensation system, at some point you will receive an impairment rating. Most of the litigation at the administrative level includes disputes over the injured workers’ impairment rating.
Your impairment rating will be provided on a DWC-69 form. This form is filled out by the doctor who does the examination. Your impairment is calculated by using the Fourth Edition of the American Medical Association’s Guide to Impairment Ratings. Each injured body part or condition should be included in the impairment rating.
If you are not in agreement with your impairment rating, it must be disputed before the deadline, or it may become final. As soon as you receive a DWC-69 form which places you at maximum medical improvement and gives you an impairment rating, have it reviewed to make sure it was done correctly.
Daniel L. Morris, The Morris Law Firm, (214)357-1782, firstname.lastname@example.org