The Lawyer's Guide to the AMA Guides and California Workers' Compensation, 2013 Edition by Robert G. Rassp

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Senate Bill 899 (SB 899) has taken the California workers' compensation industry by storm, revolutionizing the way permanent disability is determined along with changes in apportionment of disability. Now that the 5th Edition of the AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment is the gold standard as the first step to determine permanent disability in California, the claims, legal, and judicial participants in the workers' compensation system need their own guidance on the use of the AMA Guides in these cases. The Lawyer's Guide to the AMA Guides and California Workers' Compensation, 2012 Edition, by Robert G. Rassp, is the only practical guide to help you calculate and understand permanent disability ratings under SB 899 and the AMA Guides.

Workers' compensation claims involving the AMA Guides will emerge that hinge on the proper use, misuse, or under-use of the Guides and on the causation of permanent disability under the apportionment statutes and developing case law. The Lawyer's Guide to the AMA Guides and California Workers' Compensation will assist you in the proper use of the AMA Guides and thus enable you to determine whether a medical report constitutes substantial evidence. In addition, there are some observations about the AMA Guides that are intended to assist you in learning and understanding them and to help you formulate questions to doctors about them.

The Lawyer's Guide to the AMA Guides and California Workers' Compensation is organized as follows: •   Chapter 1 contains definitions of common terms and a list of acronyms along with explanatory material, as well as a list of common medical conditions by AMA Guides chapter.
•   Chapter 2 covers the effects of SB 899 reform legislation and the application of the AMA Guides to California workers' compensation cases, and includes model AME and Panel QME letters as well as information on informal ratings and formal rating instructions
•   Chapter 3 is a chapter-by-chapter analysis of the AMA Guides and includes detailed references to the tables and figures in the Guides, a listing of FEC adjustments for each chapter of the Guides, and instructions for how to reach a pie chart for upper extremity impairments.
•   Chapter 4 contains examples of AMA compliant and non-AMA compliant medical reports.
•   Chapter 5 contains analysis and discussion of developing the record to establish accurate ratings under the AMA Guides
•   Chapter 6 contains examples of how to determine permanent disability ratings using the AMA Guides and the 2005 Permanent Disability Rating Schedule (PDRS).
•   Chapter 7 contains summaries of cases and WCAB panel decisions relating to the AMA Guides, the 2005 PDRS, and apportionment, along with expert commentary.
•   Chapter 8 covers applicant and medical testimony, medical questions on pathology, and extrinsic evidence of loss of future earning capacity, and contains a medical and vocational hypothetical, a bibliography of LexisNexis medical and vocational products, and practice tips on how to conduct online research using
•   Chapter 9 provides medical information every lawyer and judge should know about specific parts and regions of the body we commonly see in our cases.
•   Appendix A contains the 2005 PDRS, which is reprinted in full for your convenience.
•   Appendix B contains permanent disability money charts.
•   Detailed Index to help you quickly find what you need.


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Published January 1, 2006 by LexisNexis. 944 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Education & Reference, Professional & Technical, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction

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