Understanding How Disability Ratings Are Assessed

If you suffer from a disability that affects your capacity for work, then you may need a disability ratings assessment. This is often handled by local authority offices, who will then send you to be assessed by a physician, or possibly a number of physicians if you have several disabilities. Disabilities are usually rated according to a schedule defined by both Washington and local governments.

The Schedule

The schedule used to assess disability ratings often involves calculating the disability through a numbered system and then modifying the standard numerical ratings to take account of the subject's age and capacity. Disabilities are divided into sections, usually describing body parts or functions. For example, problems with the lower back would all be described under one number, while problems with the knees would all be noted under another. These numbers are then subdivided to allow a closer description of the disability.

Rating and Grouping

Once the general disability rating has been done, the physician will compare that disability to the standard rating, before modifying the individual's rating to account for age or occupation. The final rating should include the disability number, the standardized rating and the occupational or age adjusting rating. This final rating should be expressed through the rating formula. This will allow full assessment of the disability.

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