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Or, rather, I would get it if I were important too. [↩]
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If you did attend the seminar in Los Angeles, I promised you a copy of all of the cases cited during the presentation on Permanent Disability. Here’s the basic outline along with a download link for every case I cited:
Yes, yes, I know we’re supposed to have a new schedule per 8 CCR 9805, but the proposed draft 2009 PDRS was never approved.
Overall, the draft 2009 Permanent Disability Schedule doesn’t change much from the existing 2005 schedule. The biggest change is in the application of the FEC rank adjustment. Instead of increasing permanent disability between 10% and 40%, the proposed FEC rank system would increase permanent disability between 20% and 50%. Additionally, the proposal suggested juggling the various ranks among the body regions. If you’re curious about the exact proposed changes, the DWC Newsline gave a really great overview back on May 9, 2008.
The best way to “show your work” is to take the reader through each step of the Ogilvie analysis. I’ve prepared a sample report (generated using a new service on this website) which provides a clear and easy to understand format for “showing your work.”
The steps are basically this:
Step 0: 2005 PDRS rating string
Step 1: Post-Injury Earnings of Applicant
Step 2: Post-Injury Earnings of Similarly Situated Employees
Step 3: Calculate Proportional Earnings Loss
Step 4: Calculate Individualized Rating to Loss Ratio
Step 5: Compare Individualized Rating to Loss Ratio to range of ratios for the FEC ranks
When each step of the Ogilvie / DFEC analysis is stated clearly, the reader can see every assumption, step, and perform their own calculations to verify your conclusions. As long as the parties agree on the numbers used in an Ogilvie / DFEC calculation, they should always arrive at the same result.