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Departure From Strict AMA Guides Rating Justified for Ankle Injury: Cal. Comp. Cases December Advanced Postings (12/24/2012)
Posted on 24 Dec 2012 by California Compensation Cases Staff

Here’s the fourth batch of advanced postings for the December 2012 issue of Cal. Comp. Cases. Lexis.com subscribers can link to the cases to read the complete headnotes and summaries. © Copyright 2012 LexisNexis. All rights reserved. ... Read More

Kentucky Workers' Compensation Commissioner Proposes New Practice Changes
Posted on 11 Nov 2008 by Roland Legal PLLC

Based upon the presentation of Workers' Compensation Commissinoer Dwight T. Lovan at the 17th Biennial Workers Compensation Institute that was held in Lexington, KY on October 16th & 17th, 2008, the following proposals are being considered as... Read More

Member Report for the Iowa Task Force Regarding the AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment, Sixth Edition
Posted on 24 May 2009 by John Kuhnlein, DO, MPH, CIME, FACPM, FACOEM

This position paper was originally published as a part of the Iowa Task Force Report regarding the use of The Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment, Fifth Edition or The Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment, Sixth Edition in the... Read More

A New AMA Guides Handbook, Just in Time for the Holidays (updated 12/15/2009)
Posted on 1 Dec 2009 by Brian J. Caveney, M.D., J.D., MPH

Brian J. Caveney, MD, JD, MPH, is the new Editor-in-Chief of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses , which includes a new volume called the AMA Guides Handbook ($59, price effective thru 7/31/2010). The Handbook contains case summaries of key AMA Guides... Read More

UPDATE: South Carolina Workers' Compensation Reform: Governator-Style
Posted on 22 Oct 2007 by Robin E. Kobayashi

Last year I blogged about Governor Sanford's executive orders mandating the use of the AMA Guides in the state's workers' compensation system. On July 17, 2008, the political standoff between the Governor and the state Workers' Compensation... Read More

Application of the AMA Guidelines in Determining Disability Under the Longshore Act
Posted on 14 Jun 2009 by BRBS Longshore Reporter Staff

In evaluating permanent impairment, practitioners using the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act are sometimes confused as to the application of the AMA guides (American Medical Association, Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairments... Read More

Iowa Rejects 6th Edition of AMA Impairment Guides for Work Injuries
Posted on 24 May 2008 by H. Edwin Detlie

Since its publication, the Sixth Edition of the AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment has met with stiff criticism. It has been described as a step back in fairly assessing work injuries by many legal and medical experts. Several States... Read More

Kentucky Workers' Compensation Commissioner Proposes New Practice Changes
Posted on 11 Nov 2008 by Roland Legal PLLC

Based upon the presentation of Workers' Compensation Commissinoer Dwight T. Lovan at the 17th Biennial Workers Compensation Institute that was held in Lexington, KY on October 16th & 17th, 2008, the following proposals are being considered as... Read More

AMA Guides Sixth Edition Down But Not Out in Kentucky
Posted on 6 May 2009 by Roland Legal PLLC

The publication of the Sixth Edition of the AMA Guides and its pronounced divergence from previous editions aroused a controversy of sorts within the Kentucky workers’ compensation community, not to mention other jurisdictions relying on the publication... Read More

Virginia Court of Appeals Cites Rassp's "The Lawyer's Guide" as Authority on AMA Guides
Posted on 11 Jun 2010 by Larson's Spotlight

An interesting case from Virginia decided in early 2010 illustrates how states are looking for guidance on the AMA Guides and have found authoritative analysis in Robert G. Rassp’s The Lawyer’s Guide to the AMA Guides and California Workers’... Read More

No Headache for This Claimant When DE IAB Allows Permanent Impairment Benefits to Both the Brain and the Head
Posted on 29 Jun 2010 by Cassandra Roberts

In 2006 the claimant was struck in the head by a falling box. Prior to the litigation in question, there was a voluntary award of 5% impairment to the brain; the testimony of Dr. John Townsend (for the claimant) suggests the rating was based upon depression... Read More

The New Edition of the AMA Guides: Six Times a Charm?
Posted on 5 Sep 2007 by Robin E. Kobayashi

According to a recent poll of businesses on compliance issues, workers' compensation ranks as one of the most complicated set of laws, right up there with the tax code. In California this problem wasn't made any easier when the state legislature... Read More

Departure From Strict AMA Guides Rating Justified for Ankle Injury: Cal. Comp. Cases December Advanced Postings (12/24/2012)
Posted on 24 Dec 2012 by California Compensation Cases Staff

Here’s the fourth batch of advanced postings for the December 2012 issue of Cal. Comp. Cases. Lexis.com subscribers can link to the cases to read the complete headnotes and summaries. © Copyright 2012 LexisNexis. All rights reserved.... Read More

New 2011 Edition of The Lawyer’s Guide to the AMA Guides and California Workers’ Compensation
Posted on 27 Dec 2010 by Robert G. Rassp, Esq.

The year 2010 was a very interesting year in our workers’ compensation system — the sixth year of SB 899 and now the sixth edition of The Lawyer’s Guide to the AMA Guides and California Workers’ Compensation. We have seen the evolution... Read More