Re: Impairment Rating for Loss of Testicle
You need to post the relevant chapter and source for your info.
If that's true, your impairment rating would increase to 7.5 which would entitle you to 22.5 weeks of Impairment Income Benefits (IIBs)
The (DWC) may add the additional 50% when it approves your settlement, I believe the doctor just provides the the raw rating.
Impairment Income Benefits (IIBs)
You may be entitled to Impairment Income Benefits (IIBs) if you have a permanent impairment from a work-related injury or illness.
IIBs are determined by your Impairment Rating (IR). An IR describes the degree of permanent damage to your body as a whole. A doctor or other health care provider will assign an IR. This generally happens when an injured employee reaches Maximum Medical Improvement (MMI), which is when the employee is as well as he or she is going to be after treatment.
To determine IR, a doctor will use the 4th Edition of the American Medical Association (AMA) Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment.
Your IR determines if you are eligible for IIBs. If you are eligible, you get three weeks of IIBs for each percentage of impairment.
if you receive a 10% IR, you will receive 30 weeks of IIBs. That's because three weeks of IIBs are paid for each percentage of impairment (10 x 3 = 30).
To find out how many weeks you would receive, call 800-252-7031 Ext. 1.
From what I've seen in other states, loss of one testicle can pay anywhere from 30-52 weeks of permanent impairment benefits, it looks like Texas pays according to the Impairment Rating only.
Wait and see what a lawyer says, it may not be worth the legal fees to fight over 2.5 weeks of benefits if needed.
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