Impairment Rating For Distal Clavicle Resection In A Texas Workers' Comp Claim


In Texas, when an injured worker has a compensable workers' compensation claim, he is entitled to an impairment rating, which is a measurement of the permanent damage to the body. In many shoulder injuries that are surgical, the surgeon performs a distal clavicle resection. This procedure should net the claimant an extra 6% of permanent impairment. This translates into increased benefits and a greater potential for reaching the supplemental income benefits threshhold of a 15% whole person impairment rating.

Many doctors omit this extra impairment from the impairment rating certification, but it must be included by law. In every shoulder surgery case, the surgical record should be reviewed by the treating doctor or an attorney to determine if the claim qualifies for the additional benefits owed for the distal clavicle resection.

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