2017 Workers Compensation Newsletter - Fourth Quarter

Can an impairment rating be submitted into evidence? How effective are the ratings in mitigating permanency exposure?

No. An AMA impairment rating may not be submitted into evidence in Wisconsin. Wisconsin has developed its own system for rating permanency utilizing statutory minimums found in Wisconsin’s administrative code. See, DWD 80.32. These statutory minimums are used in conjunction with statutory injury schedules to determine permanency exposure in Wisconsin Workers Compensation cases.  See, Wis. Stat 102.52 (scheduled injuries) and Wis Stat 102.44(3) (non-scheduled injuries). Please see memo here.