Impairment is a problem in the function of a body part. It can be either temporary or permanent. When it is temporary, the employee is unable to work while recovering from the injury. When the impairment is permanent, the employee retains a residual of the injury after the medical treatment has ended. A permanent impairment’s impact on the employee’s life can range from a very mild impact to a life altering impact.
Impairment is normally not associated with TTD. If the employee fully recovers from the injury and has no impairment, the employee returns to work and TTD ends.
Author Rebecca Shafer, JD, President of Amaxx Risks Solutions, Inc. is a national expert in the field of workers compensation. She is a writer, speaker, and website publisher. Her expertise is working with employers to reduce workers compensation costs, and her clients include airlines, healthcare, printing/publishing, pharmaceuticals, retail, hospitality, and manufacturing.
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