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Facial Disfigurement Policy

Policy Name:

FACIAL DISFIGUREMENT

Policy #:

CP-06-02

Code/Rule Reference:

RC 4123.57

Effective Date:

12/10/2012

Approved:

Rick Percy, Chief of Operational Policy, Analytics & Compliance

Origin:

Claims Policy

Supersedes:

Policy effective 09/05/2012

History:

09/05/2012

Review date:

12/10/2017

 

 

I. POLICY PURPOSE

 

The purpose of this policy is to ensure that awards for facial disfigurements are made in compliance with R.C. 4123.57.

 

II. APPLICABILITY

 

This policy applies to all field staff.

 

III. DEFINITIONS

 

Facial Disfigurement: an award granted for visible damage to the face or head with the potential to impair the injured worker’s ability to secure or retain employment.  Facial disfigurement awards are in addition to other types of partial disability compensation or scheduled loss awards paid according to R.C. 4123.57 and are paid in a lump sum.

 

IV. POLICY

 

A.    It is the policy of BWC that upon application, it will determine eligibility for a facial disfigurement award and evaluate the degree of impairment.

B.    Eligibility for an award

1.    To be eligible for a facial disfigurement award, the disfigurement must:

a.    Directly result from the injured worker’s compensable injury or occupational disease; and

b.    Be visible on the injured worker’s face or head; and

c.    Impair or have the potential to impair the injured worker’s ability to secure or retain employment.

2.    The eligibility determination should be made at a point the facial disfigurement has stabilized.

3.    In determining eligibility for a facial disfigurement award, it does not matter if the injured worker is gainfully employed in any occupation or trade at the time of the determination.

C.   Evaluation of degree of impairment

1.    The maximum award for injuries occurring on or before June 29, 2006, is $5,000.

2.    The maximum award for injuries occurring on or after June 30, 2006, is $10,000.

3.    Field staff shall discuss all evaluations of impairment with the BWC local service office attorney.

D.   Field staff shall issue determinations of impairment with a BWC Order.

 

 

 


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