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Denver Area Impairment Ratings for Workers’ Comp

Understanding the Impairment Rating System

If you are injured at work and file a workers’ compensation claim, a medical professional may examine you and provide the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment with an impairment rating, which is meant to be congruent with your injury and recovery. Impairment ratings generally range from zero to 100 percent with a score of 100 percent indicating the maximum possible disability.

The impairment rating you receive directly correlates with the amount of compensation you receive and impacts the duration of approved medical leave you may request. There are several impairment rating scales, including;

  • Psychological and mental
  • Vision
  • Hearing loss
  • Loss or disfigurement of lower extremities
  • Range of motion
  • Impairment following an invasive surgical procedure

Impairment ratings invoke several complex and emerging areas of workers’ compensation law.


If you are unsure how the impairment ratings process works or believe you were assigned an impairment rating that does not adequately address your injuries, contact our Denver workers’ compensation attorneys at
(303) 940-9900 today!