What Are Extremity Ratings?
When you cannot work because of a workplace injury, workers’ compensation is there to pay a portion of your lost wages and to provide the medical benefits you need.
But what if you have lost the functional use of a part of your body? You may still be able to work, but you should have compensation for loss of function. Through workers’ compensation impairment ratings, you can be compensated.
Permanent Injuries To Arms, Legs, Eyes And Ears
Extremity Ratings Refer To Compensation For Loss Of Function
Permanent disabilities that affect a person’s head, neck, back or torso are given “whole person ratings.” Injuries to specific extremities are referred to as “extremity ratings” or “scheduled ratings.” Your doctor will determine the extent of your extremity impairment, which will play a significant role in determining the award you receive. This amount is governed by state statute.
The arms, legs, hands and fingers are classified as upper extremities, while the legs, feet and toes are classified as lower extremities. In addition, loss of hearing and other injuries to the ears are included as scheduled impairments.
To learn more about your rights under Colorado workers’ compensation law, you are welcome to call attorney Cliff Eley at the Eley Law Firm in Denver. While no amount of compensation can make up for loss of an extremity, make sure you have all the compensation allowed under workers’ compensation.
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The law can be confusing, and employers and insurance carriers may not clearly explain all of your rights concerning extremity ratings. Call or email the Eley Law Firm in Denver. The consultation is free.