Impairment Ratings are available under Part E of EEOICPA. Under Part E, you may be eligible to receive up to $250,000 based on your impairment rating. An impairment award is defined as monetary compensation for the permanent loss of a function of a body part or organ, due to an illness covered under the EEOICPA program. For every 1% of impairment, you can receive $2,500.
The Department of Labor (DOL) will pay for one impairment evaluation every two years. A new rating can be done earlier if a case is designated as terminal or a new condition is added that affects a different body part or organ. If you have already been awarded an impairment benefit, you could receive additional compensation if your impairment rating increases which is why it is important to get re-evaluated every two years.
You can choose your physician, but the evaluation must be completed by a board certified physician in the medical specialty relevant to the covered illness on your white medical card. The doctor will complete a Daily Activity Log which tells the DOL your activity limitation based on your covered illness. Once the evaluation is completed, it will then be reviewed by a separate physician before a final decision is made. Physicians must follow the AMA’s Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment, fifth edition.