California Workers’ Compensation Law has special rules to assign Permanent Disability to Injured Workers who have sustained Psychiatric Injuries.
In order to obtain a Psychiatric Permanent Disability Percentage, an Injured Worker must obtain a permanent disability rating. A rating is obtained via an evaluation of the injured worker by a mental health practitioner. Generally, in California Workers’ Compensation Law, Psychiatrists or Psychologists are the medical providers who evaluate Injured Workers for Psychiatric Injuries. Treating Psychiatrists and Psychologists are also allowed to make this evaluation.
With respect to a Psychiatric Permanent Disability, the evaluators will make the assessment as to whether (a) there is a permanent disability; and (b) the amount of it.