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Thread: Age Adjustment

  1. #1
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    Exclamation Age Adjustment

    Anybody knows who determines the modifiers to the WPI rating, i.e. age, occupation, and diminished future earning capacity? The doctor gives a rating based on physical measurements but who adds the other factors?

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    Default Re: Age Adjustment

    where did you get that information?
    i don't think georgia has those factors.
    whatever factors they use have to be part of the work comp act.
    try here
    http://sbwc.georgia.gov/portal/site/...00bf01020aRCRD

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    Default Re: Age Adjustment

    It took me a while to find it, but on their website they mention:

    “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. The impairment rating is expressed as a percentage of the involved area. “Disability” is a legal term and may include more subjective factors such as the type of work the patient does. Disability determinations are not done as a part of standard medical evaluation.
    http://www.files.georgia.gov/SBWC/Fi...delines_mp.pdf

    I guess one needs to file for a hearing to determine the disability? That`s the part I don`t understand.

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    Don't leave this to chance... when you don't understand, you consult with a WC attorney. There is no fee for this.
    Going this alone could mean leaving valuable benefits...dollars, on the table.

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    Default Re: Age Adjustment

    I guess one needs to file for a hearing to determine the disability? That`s the part I don`t understand.
    You're confusing "Disability Determinations" and Impairment Ratings.

    “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
    http://www.ultimatedisabilityguide.com/grid_rules.html

    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.
    http://www.ultimatedisabilityguide.c..._disabled.html


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