After an injury that hinders your ability to work, you will be facing a complicated legal battle to obtain the compensation you deserve. The compensation level suggested by the American Medical Association (AMA) impairment ratings is generally lower than what most injuries are worth. This is what insurance companies use to validate low offers in covering injured workers. The process of obtaining compensation is even more difficult if you handle it on your own, so make sure you work with a lawyer who knows this area of law and can help you through your case.
At The Law Offices of Goldfine & Bowles, P.C., we have decades of experience and institutional knowledge in all aspects of workers’ compensation, including the AMA impairment ratings. We help clients in Peoria, Illinois, and the surrounding area who have suffered serious illnesses and injuries.
Impairment Is Not Equal To Disability
Most people use these terms interchangeably, but the reality is quite different. Impairment is a percentage rating to determine the entirety of the impairment. It is based on the systems or organs impacted by an injury. Conversely, disability rates the degree to which an employee is unable to work.
Knowing the difference between the two, as well as the different processes involved, is critical to maximizing the compensation available to you. Our lawyers have a thorough understanding of this area of law, and in most cases, we are able to obtain a better compensation package than clients would receive through a disability rating.