How to rate this? (California)

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How to rate this? (California)

Postby inquiring mind on Wed Feb 03, 2010 2:17 pm

DOI: 04/16/08
Dx: rght wrist ganglion cyst
ROM: All Normal
Pain is present with resisted palmar flexion. No other pain documented. No WPI apparently per pages 506-507.
Can this be rated per Ch. 18? There is no questionnaire like shown on Table 18-4 attached to the MMI report.

Any response will be appreciated.
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Re: How to rate this? (California)

Postby theAxe on Wed Feb 03, 2010 4:17 pm

Full assessment of pain by questionnaire is not necessary unless Dr. states pain is significant or severe - otherwise one can just add up to 3% with explaination of how the pain is greater than would be expected or not included in rating such as when rating based on ROM. However, there must be a ratable condition to "add-on" the pain. See legacy forum topic "Chapter 18 questions."

Alternatively your scenario may be rated using Section 2.5g, page 20 - when there is impaired functionality, but no "ratable" based on the arguement that IW has not returned to their previous status of good health.
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Re: How to rate this? (California)

Postby denyse on Thu Feb 04, 2010 4:36 pm

2.5g talks about diseases in remission. And it says may increase the impairment by a small percentage. There is no impairment to increase. It is always debatable if a patient has regained the previous status of normal good health. In Cali I would lose the 3%. All it does is make extra work for everyone.
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