AMA Guides

Understanding the AMA Guide and Disability

If you have been seriously injured in a workplace accident, you may never be able to work again, but does your injury qualify as a disability? It is important to work with a lawyer who understands the difference between the AMA guide and the definitions of disability in order to maximize your recovery. I am attorney Belinda Ellison, and I have over 25 years of experience in protecting the rights of injured workers.

Over 25 Years of Handling South Carolina Workers’ Compensation

Contact Attorney Belinda Ellison Today for a Free Initial Consultation

A catastrophic workplace accident should be subjected to a thorough evaluation. The severity of your injury will determine the extent of the disability damages or workers’ compensation you can obtain. I will make sure your evaluation is handled correctly. I will make sure your claim is handled with care, and your rights are protected.

Evaluation of Permanent Impairment

The AMA guide allows the doctor to assign a number based on their opinion of your medical condition. The doctor’s number does not take into account your age, your education, your job experience, your skill or any personal information which affects your ability to work. After your injury, you will undergo an evaluation with a physician chosen by your employer’s insurance company. However, an evaluation of “permanent disability” is a judicial decision, not an issue of your medical condition.

That is why you should work with an attorney who understands the limited role of the AMA guide. Do not let the ruling of your company physician stand in the way of your getting the disability benefits you deserve.

Contact Belinda at 803-359-5582

If your severe workplace injury has led to a permanent impairment, you may qualify for disability benefits, which will take care of your long-term concerns. I can help you evaluate your claim. Contact me today for a free initial consultation.