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2010 Year in Review: The Top 10 Workers’ Compensation Events in California

In a totally arbitrary and perhaps capricious, non-parametric, unscientific but somewhat peer reviewed way, here are the top ten workers’ compensation events that occurred in 2010. Can you predict what the top ten workers’ compensation events will be in 2011? Here are 2010’s selections...

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’...

Getting a Grip on Conditions for Use of the Grip Loss Metric in the AMA Guides Fifth Edition

Lexis.com subscribers can link to the cases cited below. The AMA Guides generally disfavors grip loss as a measurement for rating a whole person impairment (WPI). (See AMA Guides Fifth Edition, page 508.) However, a series of recent WCAB panel decisions indicate that there may be circumstances when...

Getting a Grip on Conditions for Use of the Grip Loss Metric in the AMA Guides Fifth Edition

Lexis.com subscribers can link to the cases cited below. The AMA Guides generally disfavors grip loss as a measurement for rating a whole person impairment (WPI). (See AMA Guides Fifth Edition, page 508.) However, a series of recent WCAB panel decisions indicate that there may be circumstances when...

AMA Guides Tip: Understanding the DRE Gap

By Robert G. Rassp, Esq. There is significant confusion in the California workers' comp community about whether a spinal injury should fall into a DRE category I, II, or III. Carefully read the instructions in the AMA Guides Fifth Edition, Ch. 15, Sec. 15.3, p.383, where the authors distinguish...

AMA Guides Tip: Understanding the DRE Gap

By Robert G. Rassp, Esq. There is significant confusion in the California workers' comp community about whether a spinal injury should fall into a DRE category I, II, or III. Carefully read the instructions in the AMA Guides Fifth Edition, Ch. 15, Sec. 15.3, p.383, where the authors distinguish...

AMA Guides Fifth Edition Figure 15-19: Strict or Alternative WPI Rating?

By Robert G. Rassp, Esq. Figure 15-19 on page 427 of the AMA Guides Fifth Edition has been frequently used by physicians to describe lumbar or cervical spine impairments based on the partial loss of function of a sub-region of the spine. This is due to the footnote under the drawing that states: “The...

AMA Guides Fifth Edition Figure 15-19: Strict or Alternative WPI Rating?

By Robert G. Rassp, Esq. Figure 15-19 on page 427 of the AMA Guides Fifth Edition has been frequently used by physicians to describe lumbar or cervical spine impairments based on the partial loss of function of a sub-region of the spine. This is due to the footnote under the drawing that states: “The...

Getting a Grip on the AMA Guides

Lexis.com subscribers can link to the cases cited below. Subsequent to the passage of SB 899 in California, permanent disability is determined by using the American Medical Association’s Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment , Fifth Edition (AMA Guides). The AMA Guides are very specific...