Impairment Rating Expert Comments on Injuries Suffered During Construction Accident

Joseph O'Neill

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— Updated on October 12, 2017

Imparement Ratings Expert WitnessThis case involves a construction worker who was seriously injured in a work-related fall. At the time of the incident in question, the worker was installing lighting fixtures while on top of a ladder. At some point, he lost his balance and fell, and he was discovered unconscious on the ground by a coworker. As a result of the fall, the man suffered serious brain injuries and is no longer able to work.

Question(s) For Expert Witness

  • 1. Please briefly describe your experience with impairment ratings.
  • 2. Do you have familiarity with the calculation of impairment ratings, and the ability to recognize an appropriate or inappropriate ratings based on a review of medical records, vocational reports, etc?

Expert Witness Response E-055049

I have been on the impairment rating panel in my state since 2013. I average 31 permanent partial disability (PPD) cases, plus 1 IME per year. I am familiar with calculation of impairment ratings under the AMA Guides, 5th edition. I can recognize upon review of all records and reports, as well as examination with the patient on whether or not the impairment rating matches recommendations provided from the Guides. I have reviewed a case of someone who fell from a loading dock and fractured his lower leg for a PPD evaluation. I have also evaluated a claimant who fell from a palm tree while worker as a tree trimmer, sustaining spinal related impairments.

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