FREE DOWNLOAD: Alvarez v. Waterway Plastics (Calif. WCAB panel) (Permanent disability rating; AMA Guides)

FREE DOWNLOAD: Alvarez v. Waterway Plastics (Calif. WCAB panel) (Permanent disability rating; AMA Guides)

Rosa Alvarez (Rosa Alvarez-Garay) v. Waterway Plastics

Permanent Disability—Rating—AMA Guides—WCAB affirmed WCJ's finding that applicant/machine operator's right wrist injury (carpal tunnel) during period 1/28/2004 through 1/28/2005 caused 21 percent permanent disability as calculated using AMA Guides, when AMA Guides provided a variety of options with regard to rating carpal tunnel syndrome, AME upon whose opinion WCJ relied in rating permanent disability chose to rate applicant's injury neurologically because, in AME's opinion, this method best reflected applicant's impairment, AME explained in detail how he evaluated applicant under AMA Guides, including how he accounted for applicant's grip loss and pain, and WCAB found that AME and rater operated within four corners of AMA Guides in rating applicant's permanent disability as required under Almaraz/Guzman v. Environmental Recovery Services (2009) 74 Cal. Comp. Cases  1084 (Appeals Board en banc opinion) (Almaraz/Guzman II), where WCAB held that a physician  may use any method of evaluation in AMA Guides that most accurately reflects an injured employee's impairment. © Copyright 2010 LexisNexis. All rights reserved.

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