New York: Permanent impairment guidelines ready to take effect
The Workers' Compensation Board developed the 2012 guidelines for determining permanent impairment and loss of wage-earning capacity for use by medical professionals, carriers, attorneys, and the board in the evaluation of permanent disabilities.
The guidelines state that a finding of maximum medical improvement is based on a medical judgment that the claimant recovered from the work-related injury to the greatest extent that is expected and no further improvements in his condition is reasonably expected. The guidelines also set forth medical factors and vocational factors that the board should consider in evaluating the impact of a permanent impairment on a worker's wage-earning capacity. The guidelines will take effect on Jan. 1, 2012.
Read more at the WorkersComp Forum homepage.
December 22, 2011
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