DWC Disability Evaluation Unit Overview
Barry Knight, DEU Unit Manager
San Luis Obispo, California
In accordance with Labor Code section 4660, the Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) Disability Evaluation Unit (DEU) issues permanent disability ratings in workers’ compensation cases. When an injured worker becomes permanent and stationary (the AMA Guides use the term maximum medical improvement for a stabilized condition), a physician outlines permanent impairment in a comprehensive medical report. In assessing permanent impairment, the physician will examine the patient, evaluate complaints, take appropriate measurements and tests, and then utilize the AMA Guides, Fifth Edition, to determine impairment.
Application of the Permanent Disability Rating Schedule