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DISABILITY EVALUATION UNIT (DEU)

"The Disability Evaluation Unit (DEU) determines permanent disability ratings by evaluating medical descriptions of physical and mental impairment. The determinations are used by workers' compensation administrative law judges, injured workers and insurance claims administrators to determine permanent disability benefits. The DEU prepares three types of ratings:

1. Formal, done at the request of a workers' compensation judge.

2. Consultative, done on litigated cases at the request of an attorney or DWC information and assistance officer

3. Summary, done on non-litigated cases at the request of a claims administrator or injured worker"

In the en banc decision, Blackledge v. Bank of America, the Workers' Compensation Appeals Board delineated the respective roles of the evaluating physician, the workers' compensation judge, and the DEU rater when determining ratings under the AMA Guides.

The permanent disability rating schedules are available here.

See PDRating

Label Item Links Comments
Labor Code    
Regulations/Rules Permanent Disability Rating Determination PD Rating  
Cases The 2010 en banc Blacklege decision delineated the roles of the evaluating physician, the workers' compensation judge, and the DEU rater when determining ratings under the AMA Guides. Blackledge v. Bank of America  
Forms All DEU Forms

Employees permanent disability questionnaire

Request for consultative rating (RCR)

Request for summary rating determination of QME's report

Request for summary rating determination - Primary Treating Physician report


EE's Disability Q'naire

Request Consult

QME Rating


PTP Rating
 
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