Re: Age Adjustment
You're confusing "Disability Determinations" and Impairment Ratings.
I guess one needs to file for a hearing to determine the disability? That`s the part I don`t understand.
“Impairment” is a medical term and in Georgia, is measured by the objective criteria outlined in the AMA Guide to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment, 5th Edition.
At the point of medical stability after treatment of a work-related injury, also known and Maximum Medical Improvement (MMI), the patient should be evaluated for any Permanent Partial Impairment (PPI) due to that injury.
For the purposes of resolution of Comp cases, the impairment rating is the relevant factor.
"Disability determinations are not done as a part of standard medical evaluation."
“Disability” is a legal term and may include more subjective factors such as the type of work the patient does.
Disability determinations are more relevant to qualifying for SSDI or SSI
Social Security's definition of disability for individuals applying for Social Security Disability or SSI is the same. It is the inability to engage in any substantial gainful activity (SGA) by reason of any medically determinable physical or mental impairment which can be expected to result in death or which has lasted or can be expected to last for a continuous period of not less than 12 months.
Last edited by tony; 03-29-2012 at 04:37 PM.
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