If a worker in Texas suffers an injury to their neck or back and receives a Impairment Rating which includes a DRE Category IV, it will be for “Loss of Motion Segment Integrity or Multiple Neurologic Compromise.”
Loss of Motion Segment Integrity: Translation of one vertebra on another segment that is 11 degrees more that the angular motion at an adjacent motion segment; along with documented history of muscle guarding and pain.
Multiple Neurologic Compromise: There must be bilateral radiculopathy or radiculopathy at multiple levels per the requirements of a DRE Category III. This must include a documented history of muscle guarding and pain.
If a claimant receives a DRE Category IV for a cervical injury, they will receive a 25% whole body impairment rating for that condition. If the claimant receives a DRE Category IV for a thoracic or a lumbar injury, they will receive a 20% whole body impairment rating for that condition.
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