My husband went for his physical impairment rating this week with the doctor who has been his primary physician through all this. His original diagnosis on my husband's back/leg/spine issues were L4/L5 radiculopathy with lumbosacral plexopathy plus the issues of his brain damage (that will be rated by a different physician).
The doctor spent about 5 minutes talking to him about his pain levels (continuous 6-7 with some bad days of 9), reaffirmed the fact that there's no surgery to fix the damaged nerves only time, asked if he was still having numbness in his legs & were they still giving out when he walks (yes to both).
He checked the reflexes in his knees and kind of poked on his back to see how tender it was...it was bad enough hubby about went down to the ground. And that was it, end of exam.
Today we were told by his office that his rating was 12%, permanent restrictions are no lifting over 10 pounds, no bending or twisting, no standing or sitting for prolonged periods of time.
This rating seems awfully low to us given the nerve damage & loss of movement and it seems like the exam should have been more thorough? I know the doctor did not want to do the rating & it took WC a while to get him to agree to do it...I'm wondering if maybe he just doesn't know how to? I've called our attorney to ask her if we need to get an IME set up, waiting for a call back. Just wondered what other's thoughts were on this.