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An Impairment Evaluation Can Qualify You For More Compensation

Dr. Lakatosh, Dr. Soo Hoo and Dr. Walton provide impairment evaluations, including an in-depth conversation with you.

An impairment award is financial compensation for the permanent loss of function of a body part or organ due to a covered illness under the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act (EEOICPA), as established by medical evidence and measured by percentage points. For each 1% of impairment, $2,500 is awarded, up to a maximum of $250,000. That’s on top of what you may have already earned in EEOICPA and Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA) financial compensation.

It pays to get regular impairment evaluations because anyone holding a U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) white medical benefits card can receive a free impairment evaluation every two years, or sooner if new or consequential covered conditions arise. PCM Impairments, a division of PCM, the premier provider of in-home health care services for nuclear weapons and uranium workers, offers impairment evaluations by the most experienced EEOICPA-enrolled impairment physicians. These physicians are each certified by the American Board of Independent Medical Examiners (ABIME).

PCM Impairments evaluations include a thorough medical records review PLUS an in-depth conversation with an impairment physician, which we believe provides you with the best and most thorough evaluation experience available. And, our friendly navigators will answer your questions and guide you through the U.S. DOL process.

Speak Directly With a Certified Impairment Physician

PCM Impairments offers you the opportunity to speak with an impairment physician who is certified by the American Board of Independent Medical Examiners (ABIME), the premier certifying body for independent impairment evaluators, as part of the evaluation process. We believe this direct, personal interaction with an impairment physician provides you with the best evaluation experience.

PCM Impairments provides you:

  • An impairment evaluation.
  • An impairment physician who knows your name – and you will know his.
  • An in-depth conversation with an impairment physician over the phone in the privacy of your own home, or in person in select states.
  • A thorough medical records review.
  • ABIME-certified, EEOICPA-enrolled physicians who each have 12+ years of experience providing impairment evaluations to nuclear weapons and uranium workers.
  • Nationwide access.
  • Guidance on how to navigate the evaluation process with the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL).

Anyone holding a U.S. DOL white medical benefits card is entitled to a free impairment evaluation every two years, or sooner if new or consequential covered conditions arise. Contact PCM Impairments for guidance on how to qualify for an evaluation. Call 888-837-7393 or fill out the short questionnaire on the right side of this page.

ABIME-certified Physicians, Each with 12+ Years of Experience Working in EEOICP

At PCM Impairments, you will work with the most experienced impairment physicians enrolled in EEOICPA: Donald Lakatosh, M.D., Randy Soo Hoo, M.D., and Norm Walton, M.D.

Each physician has more than 12 years of experience providing impairment evaluations to nuclear weapons and uranium workers. Each physician is trained to perform impairment evaluations using the American Medical Association (AMA) Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment, which is required by the U.S. DOL.

Importantly, each physician is certified by the American Board of Independent Medical Examiners (ABIME), the premier certifying body for independent impairment evaluators.

Dr. LakatoshDr. Don Lakatosh

Donald A. Lakatosh, M.D., received his medical degree from Eastern Virginia Medical School. He completed his residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at Baylor College of Medicine and an internal medicine internship at Baptist Medical Center/Bowman Gray School of Medicine at Wake Forest University. Dr. Lakatosh is Board-certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation with a certificate of added qualifications in sports medicine. He is a Fellow of the American Medical Society of Sports Medicine and a Fellow of the American Academy of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine. In addition to holding a certification from the American Board of Independent Medical Examiners (ABIME), he served on the Medical Impairment Registry for the state of Tennessee. He has been performing impairment ratings for the U.S. Department of Labor EEOICPA program since 2006.

Dr. Randy Soo Hoo

E. Randolph (Randy) Soo Hoo, M.D., M.P.H., received his medical degree from the University of Arizona and his Master’s in Public Health from the Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Soo Hoo is a Fellow of the American College of Occupational and Preventive Medicine. He is also certified by the American Board of Independent Medical Examiners (ABIME) and the American Association of Medical Review Officers. Dr. Soo Hoo served as the chief medical consultant for the last 10 of his 19 years at the Arizona Disability Determination Service Administration. After working with the state of Arizona, he established a function-based medicine practice and continues to perform independent medical evaluations, disability evaluations, and impairment ratings.

Dr. Norm Walton

Norman C. Walton, M.D., received his medical degree from S.U.N.Y. (State University of New York) Upstate Medical Center. He completed his residency at University of Rochester, Strong Memorial Hospital and an internal medicine internship at the University of Virginia. Dr. Walton obtained his American Board of Neurology specialty at University of Rochester, Strong Memorial Hospital. He served in private medical practice as an internist and taught in the internal medicine department of University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville. He later moved into neurology, both in private practice and as a faculty member in the neurology departments of South College in Knoxville and Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, TN. Dr. Walton began working with the EEOICPA program in 2002 as an advisor to Oak Ridge, TN nuclear facilities and has held a certification from the American Board of Independent Medical Examiners (ABIME) since 2005.

To learn more about PCM Impairment evaluations, call 888-837-7393 or fill out the short questionnaire on the right side of this page.

Impairment Awards Under the EEOICPA

Who can initiate an impairment evaluation?

Anyone who has a U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) white medical benefits card.

Who can perform an impairment evaluation?

The U.S. DOL determines impairment ratings based upon a physician’s evaluation. For an evaluation to be considered by the U.S. DOL, it must be performed by a physician who is:

  • Trained and certified to perform impairment ratings using the 5th edition of the American Medical Association’s (AMA) Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment.

Who pays for an impairment evaluation?

The U.S. DOL pays for an impairment evaluation as long as it meets the criteria. The U.S. DOL also pays for the tests needed to obtain an impairment evaluation. Impairment evaluations performed by unqualified physicians are not reimbursable.

How often can you get an evaluation?

  • A re-evaluation may be requested every two years.
  • A re-evaluation may possibly be requested sooner than two years if new or consequential covered conditions are diagnosed.

The process by which you qualify for an impairment award can be overwhelming. PCM Impairments navigators are highly knowledgeable about the U.S. DOL EEOICPA process and can lend a helping hand to answer questions and guide you, your family or authorized representative.

If you have questions or need help, call 888-837-7393 or fill out the short questionnaire on the right side of this page.

We’ll help you navigate your impairment evaluation process

PCM Impairments navigators are highly experienced in working with the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and guiding former nuclear weapons and uranium workers through the EEOICPA impairment evaluation process. We understand that this process can be overwhelming and confusing. We can answer your questions about how the impairment evaluation process works. Let us help you!

At PCM Impairments, we:

  • Send you the forms to initiate a U.S. DOL impairment claim.
  • Ensure you have filled out the forms correctly.
  • Check in with you on the U.S. DOL impairment evaluation authorization progress.
  • Schedule your impairment evaluation medical records review and an in-depth conversation with an ABIME-certified physician.
  • Answer questions and assist you, your family, attorney or authorized representative throughout the process.
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Shelly, Michelle and Ginger are the knowledgeable PCM Impairments navigators who will assist you with the impairment evaluation process.

Contact PCM Impairments for guidance on how to qualify for an evaluation. Call 888-837-7393 or fill out the short questionnaire on the right side of this page.

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