Texas Workers’ Comp Back Neck Injury Impairments “DRE Category III”


In the previous posts I explained the DRE Categories for neck and back injuries when a Texas Workers when the injured worker suffered a minor impairment to their back or their neck. Some of the most common injuries to workers in the state of Texas are to their neck and back. The Division of Workers’ Compensation uses the Fourth Edition of The AMA Guides for Permanent Impairments for workers’ compensation injuries. When the injured worker gets to a DRE category III, it is because there is radiculopathy. For a Texas Workers’ Compensation claimant to qualify for a DRE category III, the patient will have significant signs of radiculopathy, such as loss of relevant reflex(es), or measured unilateral atrophy of greater than 2 cm above or below the knee, compared to measurements on the contralateral side at the same location. The impairment needs to be verified by electrodiagnostic findings. A DRE category III to the neck will yield a 15% impairment rating, which will qualify the injured worker to supplemental income benefits. A DRE category III to the back will yield a 10% impairment rating. To receive a DRE category III, the proper diagnostic testing must be done. Do not allow a medical provider that does not have your best interest or is not experienced with Texas Workers’ Compensation claims. If you have questions about your impairment rating or any Texas Workers’ Compensation Claim, do not hesitate to contact the Morris Law Firm at (214)357-1782 or via email at info@themorrisfirm.net.


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