What is an impairment rating?
If you have been approved under Part E, of the Energy Employees Compensation Program (EEOICP) you are eligible to receive further monetary compensation through an impairment rating. An impairment rating is compensation for any degree of permanent function loss of an organ or body part caused by your “accepted illness(s).”
In order to be considered permanent the condition must reach the maximum medical improvement (MMI). Essentially, if a condition has met MMI it means the condition is well-stabilized and very unlikely to improve with further medical treatment i.e. permanent.
Important points to consider:
- Impairment ratings can be done every 2 years
- An initial impairment rating must be done within 1 year of the date your claim was received by the Department of Labor to be eligible for reimbursement
- Department of Labor will pay for tests to obtain an impairment rating
- A new impairment evaluation can be requested any time a new illness is accepted