Dallas, TX asked in Workers' Compensation for Texas

Q: Workers comp is saying they need to verify my impairment rating even though their certified, Doctor conducted rating.

Workers comp certified doctor gave me a rating of 44%. Worker’s Comp. said they will give me impairment rating benefits at an impairment rating of 5% until they can verify the 44%. How can they legally do this since my impairment rating came from their certified doctor to begin with?

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S. Michael Graham
S. Michael Graham
  • Workers' Compensation Lawyer
  • Dallas, TX
  • Licensed in Texas

A: The Carrier does not have to accept the rating provided by the state selected Designated Doctor. They can hire a private doctor (RME) and require you to go to this doctor. Then they can challenge the rating before and Administrative Law Judge (ADJ) in a Contested Case Hearing (Administrative Court).

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