AMA Guides Fifth Edition Figure 15-19: Strict or Alternative WPI Rating?

By Robert G. Rassp, Esq. Figure 15-19 on page 427 of the AMA Guides Fifth Edition has been frequently used by physicians to describe lumbar or cervical spine impairments based on the partial loss of function of a sub-region of the spine. This is due to the footnote under the drawing that states: “The...

AMA Guides Fifth Edition Figure 15-19: Strict or Alternative WPI Rating?

By Robert G. Rassp, Esq. Figure 15-19 on page 427 of the AMA Guides Fifth Edition has been frequently used by physicians to describe lumbar or cervical spine impairments based on the partial loss of function of a sub-region of the spine. This is due to the footnote under the drawing that states: “The...

Getting a Grip on the AMA Guides

Lexis.com subscribers can link to the cases cited below. Subsequent to the passage of SB 899 in California, permanent disability is determined by using the American Medical Association’s Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment , Fifth Edition (AMA Guides). The AMA Guides are very specific...

Strong Association Exists Between AMA Guides Impairment Ratings and Earnings Losses, But Losses Vary Significantly Across Body Regions

By Robert G. Rassp, Esq. and Robin E. Kobayashi, J.D. A new major study funded by the California Commission on Health and Safety and Workers’ Compensation (CHSWC) focuses on the AMA Guides Fifth Edition in California but has implications for the AMA Guides Fourth and Sixth Editions used in other...

California: SB 863 and Benson

By Robert G. Rassp, Esq. Attention Lexis Online Subscribers: Citations link to lexis.com. Bracketed citations link to Lexis Advance. Call me weird, obsessed, bored, or deeply disturbed but recently while I was on my almost daily four-mile hike in the hills of Porter Ranch, I was thinking about...