As explained last time, Texas Workers’ Compensation neck and back injuries that receive a DRE category I for impairment are considered to have no impairment at all. The DRE category II is for minor impairments to the neck or back. To qualify for a DRE category II, the injured worker should have a clinical history and examination findings that are compatible with a specific injury or illness. The findings may include significant intermittent or continuous muscle guarding that has been observed and documented by a physician, non-uniform loss of range of motion, or nonverifiable radicular complaints. There is no objective sign of radiculopathy and no loss of structural integrity. Under the Texas Workers’ Compensation system, a DRE category II entitles an injured worker to a 5% whole body impairment. This translates to 15 weeks of impairment income benefits. If you have questions about your impairment or any other legal question, call the Dallas office of the Morris Law Firm at (214)357-1782 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.