The Rassp Report

The Rassp Report, a law blog Robert G. Rassp, Esq. Author, " Lawyer's Guide to the AMA Guides and California Workers' Compensation ," 2012 © Lexis Nexis/Matthew Bender & Co. Chairman of the Board of Directors, Friends Research Institute: www.friendsresearch.org Read...

California Applicants' Attorneys Association Announces 2011-12 leadership team, Priorities for coming year

SACRAMENTO, CA - The California Applicants’ Attorneys Association (CAAA), whose members represent Californians injured on the job, today announced that it has installed a new president and team of officers for the coming year. S. Bradley Chalk , founder and principal of the Chalk Law Office in...

California EAMS: Medical Reports as Evidence

Last fall, we issued a blog discussing Rule 8 CCR §10629 which sets forth the perimeters for filing exhibits in EAMS for trial. The rule requires that all parties create and serve a list of the exhibits they plan to offer as evidence at trial, preferably at the mandatory settlement conference (MSC...

California EAMS: Medical Reports as Evidence

Last fall, we issued a blog discussing Rule 8 CCR §10629 which sets forth the perimeters for filing exhibits in EAMS for trial. The rule requires that all parties create and serve a list of the exhibits they plan to offer as evidence at trial, preferably at the mandatory settlement conference (MSC...

Rebuttal of AMA Guides - Cal. Comp. Cases October Advanced Postings (10/21/2011)

Featured Case of the Week: Rebuttal of AMA Guides Riverfront Apartments, Illinois Midwest Insurance Agency, on behalf of Pennsylvania Manufacturers' Association Insurance Company, Petitioners v. Workers' Compensation Appeals Board, Jose Oliveira , Respondents , 2011 Cal. Wrk. Comp. LEXIS 153...

Rebuttal of AMA Guides - Cal. Comp. Cases October Advanced Postings (10/21/2011)

Featured Case of the Week: Rebuttal of AMA Guides Riverfront Apartments, Illinois Midwest Insurance Agency, on behalf of Pennsylvania Manufacturers' Association Insurance Company, Petitioners v. Workers' Compensation Appeals Board, Jose Oliveira , Respondents , 2011 Cal. Wrk. Comp. LEXIS 153...

California: 25 Noteworthy Panel Decisions That You Should Know About

The following list contains our picks for the top "noteworthy" panel decisions issued by the California Workers' Compensation Appeals Board for 2011. Lexis.com subscribers can link to the panel decisions below. Reminder: Practitioners should check the subsequent history of a panel...

California: By the Numbers

What was the impact of the adoption of an AMA-based permanent disability rating schedule in California? That was the question addressed in a significant new study by Frank Neuhauser, Executive Director of the UC Berkeley based Center for the Study of Social Insurance. My last post briefly covered...

Catching Up on Some Zs in California – Sleep Disorders

By Robert G. Rassp, Esq. Whole person impairment ratings for sleep disorders in Table 13-4, and the instructions for use on page 317 of the AMA Guides Fifth Edition have created conflicting WCAB panel decisions on whether a sleep disorder can exist as a stand-alone WPI rating or if it is limited to...

Catching Up on Some Zs in California – Sleep Disorders

By Robert G. Rassp, Esq. Whole person impairment ratings for sleep disorders in Table 13-4, and the instructions for use on page 317 of the AMA Guides Fifth Edition have created conflicting WCAB panel decisions on whether a sleep disorder can exist as a stand-alone WPI rating or if it is limited to...

California: How to Prove a LeBoeuf Rebuttal

New Clues on Applying an Ogilvie III Analysis in a DFEC Rebuttal Case In a recent panel decision of Dahl v. Contra Costa County (ADJ1310387) issued on May 18, 2012, the WCAB commissioners shed some light on how to apply an Ogilvie III analysis in a DFEC rebuttal case. Set forth below is the historical...

Getting a Grip on Conditions for Use of the Grip Loss Metric in the AMA Guides Fifth Edition

Lexis.com subscribers can link to the cases cited below. The AMA Guides generally disfavors grip loss as a measurement for rating a whole person impairment (WPI). (See AMA Guides Fifth Edition, page 508.) However, a series of recent WCAB panel decisions indicate that there may be circumstances when...

Getting a Grip on Conditions for Use of the Grip Loss Metric in the AMA Guides Fifth Edition

Lexis.com subscribers can link to the cases cited below. The AMA Guides generally disfavors grip loss as a measurement for rating a whole person impairment (WPI). (See AMA Guides Fifth Edition, page 508.) However, a series of recent WCAB panel decisions indicate that there may be circumstances when...

The Rassp Report

The Rassp Report, a law blog Robert G. Rassp, Esq. Author, " Lawyer's Guide to the AMA Guides and California Workers' Compensation ," 2014 © Lexis Nexis/Matthew Bender & Co. Chairman of the Board of Directors, Friends Research Institute: www.friendsresearch.org Read...