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California Sixth Appellate District Affirms WCAB Decision in Guzman v. Milpitas School District
Posted on 20 Aug 2010 by Goldman, Magdalin & Krikes, LLP

In a 28 page opinion , the California Sixth Appellate District has affirmed the WCAB decision regarding use of any chapter, table or page in the AMA Guides Fifth Edition to appropriately assess permanent impairment. While this decision will appear... Read More

Calif. WCAB Opens Door to AMA Guides Rebuttal – But Is It Worth the Effort?
Posted on 14 Sep 2009 by Richard M. Jacobsmeyer

The Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board on February 3 issued two landmark decisions on rebuttal to the permanent disability rating schedule. These cases, Ogilvie v. City and County of San Francisco and the combined cases of Almaraz v. Environmental... Read More

Tags: AMA Guides

Almaraz-Guzman II WCAB En Banc Decision: Providing a WPI That Is the Most Accurate Reflection of the Impairment
Posted on 27 Sep 2009 by Steven D. Feinberg, M.D.

After receiving input from many sources, I have updated my Almaraz-Guzman II Advice to Physicians as follows: Dear Colleague: On September 3, 2009, the WCAB provided Almaraz-Guzman II. This article will discuss how the AME/QME/Treating physician might... Read More

Tags: AMA Guides

2012 Annual Longshore Conference
Posted on 13 Jul 2012 by Ralph Lorberbaum

By Ralph R. Lorberbaum, Zipperer, Lorberbaum & Beauvais, Savannah, Georgia A record crowd of 342 were in attendance at the 34th Annual Loyola Longshore Conference held in New Orleans on March 15 and 16, 2012. Excellent speakers presented well-prepared... Read More

NCCI: States That Switch to AMA Guides Sixth Edition See Big Drop in Impairment Ratings
Posted on 16 Jun 2012 by Robin E. Kobayashi

NCCI has recently analyzed the impact of the AMA Guides Sixth Edition for three states that recently switched from the Fifth Edition to the Sixth Edition, finding a trend where substantial decreases in impairment ratings resulted. In Tennessee, impairment... Read More

Robert Rassp on Almaraz/Guzman II and Ogilvie II (podcast transcript)
Posted on 16 Sep 2009 by Robert G. Rassp, Esq.

On this edition attorney Robert Rassp will give us his thoughts on the recent decisions by the California Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board and Almaraz/Guzman and Ogilvie dated September 3, 2009. Robert Rassp has practiced workers' compensation... Read More

Tags: AMA Guides

Another Busy Year for Workers’ Compensation and Occupational Health
Posted on 11 Nov 2011 by Brian J. Caveney, M.D., J.D., MPH

The new 2011 Edition of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses (LexisNexis) has shipped to customers This was another busy year for workers' compensation and occupational health. In light of the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable... Read More

Impairment Guides Resource Center (updated 10/29/2012)
Posted on 29 Oct 2012 by Impairment Guides Resource Center

Welcome! We've designed this resource center to help you locate Impairment Guides-related materials, here on the LexisNexis Workers' Compensation Law Community, the Internet, and Please be sure to check back often for new updates to... Read More

Five Recent Cases You Should Know About (4/29/2011)
Posted on 29 Apr 2011 by Larson's Spotlight

Larson's Spotlight on Unexplained Fall, AMA Guides, Self-Insurers, Chiropractic Treatment, and Credit . Larson's surveys the latest case developments that you need to know about. Thomas A. Robinson, the staff writer for Larson's Workers'... Read More

California's Proposed 2009 Permanent Disability Rating Schedule - Is Your Head Spinning Yet?
Posted on 11 May 2008 by Robert G. Rassp, Esq.

DWC Unveils Proposed Rules On May 9, 2008, the Division of Workers’ Compensation announced the long awaited revision of the permanent disability rating schedule (PDRS) which changes the arrangement of FEC adjustments for each injured part of... Read More

Tags: AMA Guides

Five Recent Cases You Should Know About (12/10/2010)
Posted on 10 Dec 2010 by Larson's Spotlight

Larson's Spotlight on PPOs, AMA Guides, Going and Coming, Lost Wages, Telecommuter. Larson's surveys the latest case developments that you need to know about. Thomas A. Robinson, the staff writer for Larson's Workers' Compensation Law... Read More

California: Ogilvie Reversed – Confusion Reigns
Posted on 30 Jul 2011 by Richard M. Jacobsmeyer

The 1st District Court of Appeal has issued its decision in the combined cases of Ogilvie v W.C.A.B./ City and County of SF v WCAB reversing the W.C.A.B. en banc decision but upholding the concept of a rebuttable schedule. In its decision the Court specifically... Read More

Something for Everyone: The AMA Guides and the Central Nervous System
Posted on 25 Jan 2012 by Robert G. Rassp, Esq.

By Robert G. Rassp, Esq. AMA’s Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment , Fifth Edition, Chapter 13 on the central and peripheral nervous system, is one of the most important chapters in the Guides for our purposes as workers’ compensation... Read More

California: 5th District Finally Acts in Almaraz Appeal
Posted on 17 Jun 2011 by Richard M. Jacobsmeyer

The 5th Appellate District, after sitting on the defendant’s appeal for over a year after briefing has been completed, issue a summary denial of the Petition for Writ of Review, thus ending the second prong of the appeal of the combined W.C.A.B... Read More

The 2005 PDRS Debate in California
Posted on 8 Dec 2009 by Robert G. Rassp, Esq.

Since the enactment of SB 899 in California on April 19, 2004, and the adoption by the Administrative Director of the 2005 Permanent Disability Rating Schedule (2005 PDRS), permanent disability awards have been reduced up to 40% from those awards that... Read More

Tags: AMA Guides