Nevada: Terrible New Decision for Injured Workers on PPD Ratings

Just before Thanksgiving, the Nevada Supreme Court published a turkey of a decision that robs injured workers of disability award money. In Public Agency Compensation Trust v. Blake, 127 Nev. Adv. Op. 77 (2011), the court invalidated a long-standing DIR regulation that addressed how rating doctors are...

CWCI Debuts New Score Card Series on California Workers’ Comp Claims Experience by Injury

The California Workers’ Compensation Institute has launched a new series of research publications, “California Workers’ Compensation Industry Score Cards,” which uses subsets of data from CWCI’s Industry Claims Information System (ICIS) database to measure various aspects...

CWCI Scorecard Looks at Spinal Disorder Claims in California Workers’ Comp

The California Workers’ Compensation Institute has released the second edition of its “Injury Scorecard” research series, providing detailed data on accident year (AY) 2001 to 2011 workers’ compensation claims experience for cases in which the primary diagnosis was a spine disorder...

AMA Guides Tip: Understanding the DRE Gap

By Robert G. Rassp, Esq. There is significant confusion in the California workers' comp community about whether a spinal injury should fall into a DRE category I, II, or III. Carefully read the instructions in the AMA Guides Fifth Edition, Ch. 15, Sec. 15.3, p.383, where the authors distinguish...

AMA Guides Tip: Understanding the DRE Gap

By Robert G. Rassp, Esq. There is significant confusion in the California workers' comp community about whether a spinal injury should fall into a DRE category I, II, or III. Carefully read the instructions in the AMA Guides Fifth Edition, Ch. 15, Sec. 15.3, p.383, where the authors distinguish...

CWCI Score Card Looks at Claims for Head and Spinal Injuries Without Spinal Cord Involvement

The California Workers’ Compensation Institute (CWCI) has issued the third edition of its “Injury Score Card” featuring detailed data on California work injury claims for head and spinal injuries without spinal cord involvement, which represent only a small fraction of all workers’...