On 04-2007 I was involved in a bad Big Rig accident. On 01-2010 my doctors issued a Permanent & Stationary report. I am completely confused as to what all these inpairment numbers mean, how much I will receive & how long this is going to take? As of now I have not received a dime because the insurance company is saying the employer did not have the proper coverage. The coverage was for secretaries & not for truck drivers. Below are the impairment ratings. I do have an attorney, but getting a chance to talk to him is next to impossible. Thanks for any help.
Based on the Residual Functional Capacity Assessment performed in this case, impairment exists. As described in the adopted FCA this patient has the following WPI:
-For Cervical Spine Impairment using the ROM method, the FCA findings result in 17% WPI for the cervical spine. -For Thoracic Spine Impairment using the ROM method, the FCA findings result in 1 % WPI for the thoracic spine.
-For Lumbar Spine Impairment using the ROM method, the FCA findings result in 5% WPI for the Lumbar spine.
-For Upper Extremity Impairment using the ROM method, the FCA findings result in a contribution of 8% WPI.
-For Upper Extremity Impairment using the Grip Strength Loss method, the FCA findings result in a combined 18% WPI for the right upper extremity.
-For Lower Extremity Impairment using the ROM method, the FCA findings result in a contribution of 4 % WPI.
As per Internal Medicine Management and Evaluation, an impairment summary was obtained and adopted: According to the Combined Value Chart of The AMA Guides, the patient is rated as having a Clinical Dementia Rating of mild (1.0). This is manifested by an overall moderate degree of cognitive impairment on current testing. Short-term or recent memory is at least moderately impaired overall, which in this case is 18% WPI. As discussed in the adopted report, the following impairments also apply.
-For the examinees mastication impairment, the examinee finds that mastication of harder foods causes him to have facial and TMJ area pain, and due to his facial muscular spasms finds their bite to be off, resulting in dietary restrictions where his diet is geared towards semi-solid or soft foods, therefore, 10% WPI.
-For the examinees speech impairment,
the examinee is Class 1, 0,14% Voice/Speech Impairment due to the fact he finds his speech has abnormal qualities such as hoarseness and a "cotton mouth " effect caused by dryness because of the qualitative changes of saliva due to the side effect of medications, he is taking on an industrial basis, as well as an indistinct articulation, and finds he cannot speak continuously for prolonged periods of time due to facial/TMJ area pain; the examinee has 15% Voice/Speech Impairment that equates to 5% WPI.
To this, a supplemental award for pain-related impairment is appropriate; the examinee appears to have pain-related impairment that has increased the burden of their condition slightly, Section 18.3dC, Page 573, therefore a 2% WPI for pain is appropriate.
For the examinees hearing impairment, the examinee has 13.0% right and 16.9% left monaural hearing impairment, which translates into 15.3% binaural hearing impairment, this translates to 5% WPI.