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California Sixth Appellate District Affirms WCAB Decision in Guzman v. Milpitas School District

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 to be a victory for Applicants, the Court of Appeals...

IA: WC's Godfrey Discusses Failures Within New Disability Ratings For Injured Workers

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 commonly used in workers’ compensation...

Texas DWC’s Decision to Deny Benefit Review Conference Requests May Result in Greater Number of Incorrect Impairment Ratings

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 on MMI/IR disputes unless there is an alternate certification...

West Virginia Supreme Court Continues Trend of Weakening Medical Management Guidelines

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. 101028, (W. Va. March 22, 2012), the Court continues...

Permanent Total Disability Found "In Accordance With the Fact": Cal. Comp. Cases April Advanced Postings (4/5/2012)

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 Safety Insurance Company, insurer for San Benito...

NCCI: States That Switch to AMA Guides Sixth Edition See Big Drop in Impairment Ratings

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 ratings for part of the body dropped by 16...

NCCI: States That Switch to AMA Guides Sixth Edition See Big Drop in Impairment Ratings

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 ratings for part of the body dropped by 16...