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Getting a Grip on the AMA Guides
Posted on 29 Oct 2012 by Calif. WCAB Noteworthy Panel Decisions Reporter 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... Read More

AMA Guides Fifth Edition Figure 15-19: Strict or Alternative WPI Rating?
Posted on 22 Aug 2012 by Robert G. Rassp, Esq.

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... Read More

Strong Association Exists Between AMA Guides Impairment Ratings and Earnings Losses, But Losses Vary Significantly Across Body Regions
Posted on 11 Feb 2013 by Robert G. Rassp, Esq.

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... Read More