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include, but are not limited to: loss of range of motion; loss
of strength; measured atrophy of tissue mass consistent with
the injury; and any other measurements that establish the
nature and extent of the impairment. The most current edition
of the American Medical Association's "Guides to the Evaluation
of Permanent Impairment" shall be used by the physician in
determining the level of impairment.
(b) In determining the level of permanent partial
disability, the Commission shall base its determination on the
following factors: (i) the reported level of impairment
pursuant to subsection (a); (ii) the occupation of the injured
employee; (iii) the age of the employee at the time of the
injury; (iv) the employee's future earning capacity; and (v)
evidence of disability corroborated by
objective findings in
the treating medical records
and independent medical
No single enumerated factor shall be the sole
determinant of disability.
In determining the level of
disability, the relevance and weight of any factors used in
addition to the level of impairment as reported by the
physician must be explained in a written order.
(Source: P.A. 97-18, eff. 6-28-11.)".