By Robert T. Reville

Systemically evaluates the California everlasting incapacity scores approach used ahead of the state's fresh workers reimbursement.

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Were the inconsistencies in physician ratings substantial enough to provide parties with incentives to litigate (given the adversarial nature of the system)? By addressing these questions we hoped to (1) provide valuable information to policymakers about the performance of the rating schedule and (2) offer an empirically based set of guidelines for measuring the consequences of a permanently disabling workplace injury, which might ultimately be used as a roadmap for revising the PPD rating schedule.

5 The standard rating, modified by the occupational and age adjustments, is used to determine the amount of permanent disability benefits that the injured worker receives. Often, the determination of a standard rating under the California system has been more difficult than the example of the leg amputation suggests. 43). We describe the application of these sets of factors in turn. 48). Evaluating and Rating Permanent Disabilities in California 23 Objective Factors The measurement of objective factors in the California rating system is based upon Thurber (1960).

When Berkowitz and Burton (1987) conducted their fieldwork in the 1980s, the California workers’ compensation program was relying on the 1978 edition of the schedule, which was 82 pages long. It was supplemented by a rule of the administrative director (Section 9725) that the objective factors of disability (discussed later in this chapter) be rated by methods described in a standard text. The schedule also incorporated “work capacity guidelines” for the evaluation of troublesome injuries (such as back, heart, and pulmonary injuries).

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