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 the categories.
Consider the DRE gap: Category I assumes that people with a sprained back recover within 6 months to...