An objective, standardized calculation method approved by the American Medical Association.
Although many physicians do their own impairment ratings (PPD), when requested, The Freedman Group can provide this evaluation and report. The impairment rating is a separate objective evaluation of a patient’s permanent physical impairment based on data collected either during the FCE or during a separate evaluation in addition to a thorough review of the medical records.
Specific formulas and calculations are utilized to determine impairment ratings.
These are based on “The American Medical Association Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment” published by the American Medical Association. The 5th Edition of The Guides is utilized in Georgia, except for the Department of Labor claims which utilize the 6th Edition.
According to the Georgia State Board of Workers’ Compensation Procedure Guide, “a permanent partial disability is defined as disability partial in character but permanent in quality resulting from loss or loss of use of body members or from the partial loss of use of the employee’s body.”
How do we determine the extent of the loss?
This is stated in terms of impairment to the particular body part that was injured or the whole person. “The disability is not a disability to work, but is a physical disability, perhaps better understood if thought of in terms of impairment.”
Please contact the clinic to refer a patient for an impairment rating, or to receive additional information.
To learn more, or to schedule an Impairment Rating session, do one of the following:
• Call The Freedman Group at 770-541-7401
• Click then submit the online form
• Fax your information to 770-541-7403