WCCP 16 – Permanent Disability in California Workers’ Compensation Claims



Understand how the AMA guides are used to evaluate a claimant’s whole person impairment. You will learn how to determine which permanent disability schedule applies to a claim and whether it has been applied correctly. Begin to confidently navigate the legal issues involved with permanent disability ratings and apportionment of permanent disability claims.

Key Takeaways:

  • Understand and confidently use the Permanent Disability Schedule: which schedule applies
  • Basic concepts involved in using the AMA Guides
  • Evaluating impairments of the spine: DRE and ROM methods, computing WPI
  • Evaluating impairments of the upper and lower extremities: computing WPI for both extremities and peripheral nerve disorders
  • Evaluating impairments of other bodily systems: central nervous system, visual, auditory, organ systems
  • Evaluating impairments to multiple bodily systems
  • Rebutting a scheduled rating: LeBouef and SB 899, Almaraz/Guzman, and Ogilvie
  • Changes to the Schedule by SB 863: rebutting of the 2013 Schedule under Almaraz/Guzman and Ogilvie
  • Apportionment: basic purpose of apportionment, how SB 899 changed the apportionment standards, pre-existing disease or condition, employee’s duty to disclose
  • Apportionment – preexisting disability: apportionment standards under LC 4664 for a preexisting disability
  • Disability evaluation unit and rating determinations: formal, summary, consultative and informal
  • Role of physicians, judges and raters in determining disability under the AMA Guides

Who should attend:

  • Workers’ compensation claims adjusters
  • Medical only claims adjusters
  • TPA / Self-insured claims personnel
  • Agent/Broker workers’ compensation claims staff
  • Legal professionals and staff

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