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    Default How to Find Out What My Disability Rating Is

    is there a website to find out what my disability rating is.

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    Default Re: Disability Rating

    no
    ratings are not done by websites. each is specific to the individual. you can get general information from the work comp board and arranged to have a rating done for you.
    http://www.state.tn.us/labor-wfd/wcomp.html

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    i dont understand what to click on to have that done once i get on the site

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    Bad Back ........

    Have a you reached MMI and been given an impairment rating?

    ** Just saw the post showing you received a 5% impairment rating. This being a back injury makes me believe this rating would apply to the "Body As A Whole". What is/was the amount of the TTD benefits check you received from WC each week?
    Last edited by Mnkybiznes; 11-21-2008 at 05:57 AM.

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    i was getting 255 every week why do you ask

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    i was getting 255 every week why do you ask
    I was asking to determine the value of your 5% rating .....

    From what I can tell the value would be around $7600 with regard to a settlement. This based on you being able to return to your preinjury job.
    This also incorporates the 1.5 multiplier .....

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    You can go here...http://www.state.tn.us/labor-wfd/lsques.html#B for information on MIR/Medical Impairment Ratings.
    These must be scheduled, and pre paid by the ER. The cost runs from $500 to $1000 for the rating to be done by a physican with the MIR
    What is the purpose of the MIR Registry?

    The sole purpose of the Medical Impairment Rating (MIR) Registry is to establish a resource to resolve disputes as to the degree of permanent medical impairment ratings given for injuries or occupational diseases to which the Tennessee Workers’ Compensation Act is applicable. A dispute is recognized whenever at least two different physicians have issued differing permanent medical impairment ratings and the parties disagree as to those ratings; or whenever a physician has issued an opinion that no permanent medical impairment exists, yet the physician has issued permanent physical restrictions to the injured employee. Registry physicians agree to provide evaluations in a manner consistent with the standard of care in their community and in compliance with the MIR Program Rules.
    C. Permanent Disability and Final Settlement· When the injury has healed, the injured employee will be released from the physician's care.
    · If the injured employee does not recover completely, the employee will reach maximum medical improvement (MMI) and the physician will assign an Impairment rating.
    · This Impairment rating, combined with vocational factors, may result in a permanent partial disability (PPD) rating.. A settlement from the workers' compensation insurance company or Employer may then be agreed upon.
    · Not all injuries result in a permanent impairment; however, Workers' Compensation specialists with the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development do provide, at no cost to the parties, informal Benefit Review Conferences to assist the parties in reaching a final agreement or settlement of the claim. Please complete a C-40B Request for Benefit Review Conference and submit it to the Workers' Compensation Division.
    You were asked about your weekly rate because there are provisions for a set number of weeks for your final rating...that depends on whether you have a Scheduled Injury, or a Whole Person Impairment.
    There are/may be other factors in how your award is determied as well...
    Reconsideration of a Permanent Partial Disability settlement

    Workers’ compensation law places a cap on permanent partial disability awards when an employee returns to work at the same or greater rate of pay as before the compensable injury. For injuries to a scheduled member rated 200 weeks or more, in the event an employee loses their job within those weeks [following the date the injured employee returned to work], the employee may be entitled to a reconsideration of the permanent partial disability settlement. The job loss must be due to factors other than Employee quitting or being fired for cause. For example, if an employee loses their job due to a lay-off, the employee may be entitled to reconsideration. Contact the Tennessee Department of Labor Workforce Development's Workers' Compensation Division
    http://www.state.tn.us/labor-wfd/lsques.html#B

    It's not a simple as 'my rating is 5%, how much will I receive...?'

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    Default Re: Disability Rating

    i cant return to work they said i cant return until i'm released to full duty.but my doctor released me to medium duty.so now what.

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    i cant return to work they said i cant return until i'm released to full duty.but my doctor released me to medium duty.so now what.

    The best thing you can do is to consult with the TDOL. In my case, I was assigned a specialist (another name for an attorney within the TDOL). He has been IMPLEMENTAL with regard to getting things taken care of expeditiously ..........

    I also happen to have another work comp case with myself having brought an attorney into it. It seems as though TDOL is much more aggressive and useful in obtaining the obvious needs/benefits afforded to the IW.

    Private attorneys you might hire are (IMHO) more about the civil end of things. TDOL is there to help you and when things become more of a civil/legal matter will tell you they are unable to direct you any further .... get an attorney.



    FYI, if your employer is unable to put you to work with a "medium duty" status then you should still receive your TTD benefits until your doctor has placed you at MMI. Keep collecting your checks.
    Last edited by Mnkybiznes; 11-21-2008 at 10:25 AM.

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    thats the most i can get. are you sure i havent been fixed and i've been off work for ten months

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