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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

West Virginia Supreme Court Continues Trend of Weakening Medical Management Guidelines
Posted on 30 Mar 2012 by H. Dill Battle, III

By H. Dill Battle, III In a new reported decision the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals addressed the addition of psychiatric diagnoses as a secondary condition to a compensable injury. In Hale v. WVOIC and Rockspring Development, Inc . , No... Read More

Permanent Total Disability Found "In Accordance With the Fact": Cal. Comp. Cases April Advanced Postings (4/5/2012)
Posted on 5 Apr 2012 by California Compensation Cases Staff

Here’s the second batch of advanced postings for the April 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. American... Read More

IA: WC's Godfrey Discusses Failures Within New Disability Ratings For Injured Workers
Posted on 23 Nov 2010 by workerscompensation.com

Des Moines, IA (CompNewsNetwork) - Iowa Workers’ Compensation Commissioner, Christopher Godfrey, testified before the Committee on Education and Labor, Subcommittee on Workplace Protections last week regarding potential changes in impairment ratings... Read More

Permanent Total Disability Found "In Accordance With the Fact": Cal. Comp. Cases April Advanced Postings (4/5/2012)
Posted on 5 Apr 2012 by California Compensation Cases Staff

Here’s the second batch of advanced postings for the April 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

West Virginia Supreme Court Continues Trend of Weakening Medical Management Guidelines
Posted on 30 Mar 2012 by H. Dill Battle, III

By H. Dill Battle, III In a new reported decision the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals addressed the addition of psychiatric diagnoses as a secondary condition to a compensable injury. In Hale v. WVOIC and Rockspring Development, Inc . , No... 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

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

Texas DWC’s Decision to Deny Benefit Review Conference Requests May Result in Greater Number of Incorrect Impairment Ratings
Posted on 14 Feb 2011 by Stuart D. Colburn

By Stuart D. Colburn, Shareholder, Downs Stanford The Division announced a new policy to its administrative staff designed to limit the number of Benefit Review Conferences (BRCs). Benefit Review Officers are now instructed to deny BRC Requests... Read More