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What are AMA Guidelines?

Understanding the Role of AMA Guidelines

Prior to 2005, the State of California was known for having the highest overall premium and claim costs in the nation but paying the lowest amount of benefits to workers. When California adopted the use of the AMA Guidelines in 2005 as one of several workers' comp reform measures, good things started to happen. The Guides provide a more accurate assessment of impairment injuries, which drives down the cost of insurance and provides more benefits to injured workers who desperately need them.

The AMA, which stands for the American Medical Association, created these Guidelines to provide criteria to measure a person's loss of function in a particular body part and determine an impairment rating of the "whole person." Workers' comp insurance companies will then use that rating to determine the benefits that are awarded based solely on loss of wages or wage-earning capacity.

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However, the AMA Guidelines state that their criteria should not be the sole determinant in making a financial award or final estimate of disability. If you have suffered a temporary disability or permanent disability because of a work-related injury or illness, you can seek the full benefits available from your workers' comp insurance with the help of a knowledgeable legal professional. An Oakland workers' comp lawyer at The Law Offices of Jonathan M. Brand can help you obtain medical mileage or other forms of compensation for your injuries in a timely manner.

Founded in 1989, the firm has been providing quality legal help and support for injured workers in Oakland and the surrounding areas for over two decades. When you need help with filing for workers' comp or filing an appeal after your claim has been denied, call the firm who has a proven record of success in these matters!

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