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Posted by Tina Ellenburg
on November 30, 1999 at 23:12:17:
In Reply to: Disability Rating posted by Vince on October 15, 1999 at 09:11:40:
Yes. I just went thru one and now am fighting it for a second opinion.
They check for movement-can you turn, flex,bend appropriately, and they check gait and balance when you walk and give you points for each.
They bend you and twist you and check for pain.
Each thing on their prepared sheet has a number and then they total the numbers and that is your MMI or maximum medical improvement or disability rating.
Good luck. I have an on the job back injury from catching a patient falling out of a wheel chair----bulging disc at L5S1. I can bend, flex all that with severe pain. I have difficulty walking due to pain and am not allowed to sit more than an hour a day, lift more than thirty pounds, work overhead, no bending, and am allowed to work up to six hours a day walking but am unable to walk more than a few minutes without almost screaming from the pain. I haven't had more that 2 hours sleep at a time since the injury happened 3-5-99. I have had a total of 17 weeks of physical therapy and continue to do stretching exercises 6 or more times a day! My disability rating is 9% and I defy anyone to tell me what kind of job will hire me with those restrictions! I was a charge nurse and now my career is finished and as soon as I can tolerate sitting and walking vocational rehabilitation will send me to school to be retrained for another job. In the meantime my workman's comp runs out in April and I have to apply for social security at age 42! So beware and be careful. Good luck.
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