What is an impairment rating?

An Impairment rating is where specific guidelines are used by the physician who will determine what % of function of that body part has been lossed due to injury/condition etc... For example if you are a construction worker and lets say you lose your left little toe, the Impairment rating may be 4% to the whole foot and 1% to the lower extremity..because the loss is greater to the foot but to your whole leg it is not AS big of loss if that makes since. Then this % is given a money value depending on your states worker comp laws etc..and you may be due a specific sum of money.