An often overlooked PI case value driver is the assignment of a permanent impairment rating by an independent doctor.
This is actually the single most important factor other than the injury itself. As part of their training, adjusters are advised, “Impairment ratings must be AMA derived, medically documented, and the patient is permanent and stationary.
In order be recognized through Colossus, the rating must be 2% or more.
An AMA permanent impairment rating in a personal injury case is important because it objectively documents impairment by an independent doctor. The impact it can have on a personal injury claim is incredible. Not only does it help to prove the damages in general, but it lays an objective foundation for damages covering future medical care, duties under duress and loss of enjoyment of life. It can defeat defense motions to prevent these damages from appearing at a jury trial. It helps support why a “soft tissue injury” case is a serious matter. No longer does the jury or fact finder concentrate on mere muscle spasms, but rather they can now begin to understand how the injury has impacted the use of an important body part, and how that has interfered with an injured person’s life. It allows them to see the injury for what it really is -- a life-altering, permanent state of existence. If you are interviewing injury attorneys for your particular injury, it is a good idea to ask them about their experience with impairment ratings.
At the end of patient care, you perform a Range of Motion exam on your patient using the Range of Motion form on this website. Send the results to us, the impairment will be calculated and sent to the treating doctor.
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Dr. David Collum is a chiropractor with 20+ years in practice, and who has his IIE ( Industrial Injury Evaluator ), and can perform Impairment Ratings.
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