Addressing Vocational Issues in Workers’ Compensation
The AMA Guides, Fifth Edition, on page 3, define disability as "an alteration of an individual’s capacity to meet personal, social, or occupational demands because of an impairment." On page 2 the Guides define an impairment as "a loss, loss of use, or derangement of any body part, organ system, or organ function." The Guides go on to state that a "complete impairment evaluation" includes a discussion about the applicant’s abilities and limitations (section 1.12, p. 15), keeping in mind the potential for impairment aggravation (section 1.9, p. 13).
Rebutting the Schedule