Re: How Do I Find a Lawyer to Represent Me Before the Board of Adjustment in Al
That's weird, wonder why he refuses to write up a percentage of impairment.
I just don't know how to determine the amounts to ask for because the Doctor I have seen for this will not write it up in percentages of impairment ect. like they ask for.
That's your main problem, it's not the Board of Adjustment.
You'll have to work this doctor, tell him the problem he's causing - ask if he has any ideas of how to solve it.
From what I see, in your state the judge can assign an Impairment rating, it's not necessarily needed by a doctor.
I would think the same rule applies to the Board of Adjustment.
So, guess a rating, make it high say 70%wpi (whole person impairment) and let the Board decide, do not leave that area blank, they'll deny the claim.
Write in the rating and initial it, put a footnote the doctor refuses to write a rating so you determined it yourself based on your symptoms and pain levels.(hell, it's worth a try)
It would be beautiful if you could find an occupational therapist to do an FCE to support your determination but it's not needed.
Look at this.
Permanent Partial Impairment Ratings:
When the employee reaches MMI, the ATP will usually give an impairment
rating. The doctor may give it him/herself, or send the employee for a FCE,
and then agree with the subsequent assignment by the therapist.
The PPI may be to a scheduled member, body as a whole, or both.
While settlement based upon the physician-assigned impairment rating is an
option at the time, it is not mandatory.
It is ultimately the duty of the Judge to render a decision as to a claimant’s
final impairment rating, and the Judge is not bound by the physician-assigned
Monday, July 22, 2013
Alabama Judges can Assign Disability Ratings that are Lower than the Impairment Rating Assigned by the Doctor
Again, I'm just telling you what I'd do, always consult a lawyer before taking any action.
Last edited by tony; 04-07-2014 at 01:20 AM.
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