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    Permanent Partial Impairment Ratings

    Wednesday, November 14th, 2018

    Permanent Partial Impairment RatingsThe Indiana Worker’s Compensation Act (Indiana Act) does not designate the use of any particular rating guide for the assessment of a Permanent Partial Impairment (PPI) rating.  Many medical providers are familiar with the AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment (AMA Guides) and the Indiana Worker’s Compensation Board (Board) has long accepted references to the AMA Guides in support of PPI ratings.  It is possible that in the future the Board will require that PPI ratings be based upon the AMA Guides so as to avoid a medical opinion report which assigns a PPI rating without any objective support. Even so, there are certain areas where the use of the AMA Guides may not be appropriate:

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