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Should California Switch to the AMA Guides Sixth Edition?

By Robert G. Rassp, Esq. This is a no holds barred editorial commentary. It is not intended to be neutral but it is intended to be factual. We wrote this article to draw the line in the sand in California in the event there is any effort to impose the use of the AMA Guides 6th Edition on our workers’...

Nevada: Terrible New Decision for Injured Workers on PPD Ratings

Just before Thanksgiving, the Nevada Supreme Court published a turkey of a decision that robs injured workers of disability award money. In Public Agency Compensation Trust v. Blake, 127 Nev. Adv. Op. 77 (2011), the court invalidated a long-standing DIR regulation that addressed how rating doctors are...

Lien Claim Not Time Barred When Defendant Acknowledged Notice of Lien: Cal. Comp. Cases March Advanced Postings (3/19/2013)

Here’s the fourth batch of advanced postings for the March 2013 issue of Cal. Comp. Cases. Lexis.com and Lexis Advance subscribers can link to the cases to read the complete headnotes and summaries. © Copyright 2013 LexisNexis. All rights reserved. County of San Bernardino, Petitioner...

California: WCAB Clarifies It Hasn’t Endorsed Use of AMA Guides Sixth Edition

The California WCAB, on its own motion, rescinded its prior order in Frazier v. State of California [ 2013 Cal. Wrk. Comp. P.D. LEXIS 365 (lexis.com), 2013 Cal. Wrk. Comp. P.D. LEXIS 365 (Lexis Advance)] affirming the WCJ’s findings and award, and returned the matter to the WCJ for new decision...

Latest Developments in State Handling of AMA Guidelines

Currently, 32 states require physicians to use some edition of the American Medical Association’s Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment (“Guides”) in making their assessments of permanent impairment for injured workers. Of the remaining states, 15 more allow the use of Guides...