Determination of Catastrophic Impairment

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Since 1999, the Pain & Disability Assessment Centre (PDAC) has been assisting Ontario personal injury lawyers in handling potential catastrophic cases. The key component of our involvement is the preparation of a Whole Person Cumulative Impairment Rating report in accordance with the AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment, both the 4th and the 6th Editions.

The use of this guide requires integrating medical information with the results of the current medical evaluation based on:

1. The nature of the impairment and its consequences.

2. Guide protocols to evaluate body part functions and systems.

3. Tables relating to the evaluation protocols.

Our experts also use the Glasgow Outcome Scale Extended Version (GOS-E) approach in determining catastrophic impairment.

PDAC has the unique know-how and experience to help you find the optimal strategy to handle the file of your potentially catastrophically impaired client through the SABS. Our senior assessors are qualified and experienced in assessing serious injuries, assigning impairment ratings and determining catastrophic status.

Our catastrophic specialists are certified by the American Academy of Pain Management and as Fellows of the American Academy of Disability Evaluating Physicians (AADEP).


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