How Are Impairment Ratings & Disability Determined?
Helping South Carolina's Injured Workers Get the Compensation They Deserve
If you were hurt on the job, the first step is to go to a qualified physician who can provide you with the medical attention you need. It is important to choose a doctor who is approved by your employer in order to receive workers' compensation income and medical benefits - with the exception of emergency room visits in the case of urgent medical need. Your doctor will assess your level of injury to determine your level of impairment.
How is disability determined?
These determinations are made using an outside set of qualifications, such as the "Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment" by the American Medical Association. This allows the physician to come up with an impairment rating for you, which a skilled attorney can translate into an estimate of how much workers' compensation you should receive. Although these guidelines are supposed to make the process more objective, the reality is that these decisions are difficult to make because everyone is different.
The doctor will give you an "impairment rating" based on your ability to function normally and to participate in various activities of daily living such as sleeping, communicating with others, walking, standing, traveling, and so on. It is impossible, however, to put a number on how much any given injury will impact an individual's life. At George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers, we understand this. That is why each workers' compensation attorney at our firm is committed to fighting tenaciously for the rights of our injured clients, knowing that each client is unique. We want to maximize your recovery so you can focus on getting better.
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Contact our South Carolina workers' compensation law firm today to find out more about how we are ready to fight for your rights during this challenging time. Remember, we have a no fee OR COST if no recovery. Fee computed before deducting expenses from recovery. If you don't win your case, you won't owe us a dime!
When you call George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers, we can schedule your free consultation right away. We understand how important your financial stability is during this tough time and we want to make the process of getting the workers' compensation benefits you deserve as quick and easy for you as possible. That's why - if you are injured and can't come to one of our offices located throughout the state - we will come to you! Whether you would rather talk to us in the comfort of your home, your hospital room, or over the phone, we are committed to helping you in every way we can.