The California Rating Formula
AMA Guides Impairment to California Permanent Disability:
Rating Mechanics for injury dates on or after 01-01-2013
PD Ratings can be requested by email via:
- Rating Request Form
- And email medical report as an attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Or use the Hard Copy Rating Request Form in PDF format
- And fax medical reports to (415) 992-8541
Commutation Services can be requested using the Commutation Request form
Tables, Charts & Appendices
Permanent Disability Indemnity Tables 2006 thru 2017 PD Rates
based on LC Section § 4453(8) (A-to-C) and LC Section § 4453(9).
Revised TD & PD Rates Chart 2003 thru 2017 Temporary Disability (TD) and Permanent Disability (PD) at Minimum and Maximum Rates for 2003 thru 2017. Includes Life Pension Tables for 2006 thru 2017.
The Spine Impairment Appendix addresses the issue of providing DRE Impaiment for nonverifiable radicular complaints vs. verifiable radicular complaints.
Rating Philosophy and Purpose
Any claims administrator, litigator or even the injured worker is allowed to make a
correction to a miscalculated impairment rating when properly supported by the
reported findings of the MMI report.
WCAB Blackledge Decision supports the long practice of annotated informal ratings to help identify potential defects in the application of the AMA Guides.
If the medical evaluator provides a miscalculation of impairment and the body of the medical report supports and includes objective clinical criteria that would support a higher or lower impairment, the AMA Guides allows any knowledgeable observer to adjust the reported impairment accordingly. - AMA Guides, 5th Ed., Chapter 2, page 17.
We are rating determination professionals especially trained in the complexities of both the AMA Guides and the California Workers' Compensation System. We can assist you with your impairment-to-disability rating needs.
It is our responsibility to go beyond the page that provides the AMA Analysis. When requested to provide a Disability Rating, we rate the entire medical report. Not just the physician's impairment assessment.
When we correct the analysis and provide a recommended rating, we stay within the boundaries of the medical report's objective impairment factors, even on those occasions in which we address other impairment factors, tables, etc., completely ignored by the evaluator.
When a basic rating without analysis is requested, we will simply provide an ‘impairment as reported' rating limited to corrections of mathematical or interpolation miscalculations.
For a full description of our PD Rating Services go to the Rating Services page.