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    Default Radiculopathy and Injury Ratings

    I had a radiculopathy 9 months ago my wc doctor wants to rate me next month. do i need a attorney?. need some advice on what steps take. thanks.
    Last edited by bob evans; 11-24-2009 at 08:29 PM.

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    Attorney would have nothing to do with a rating... once your PTP rates, if you disagree you can request PQME for evaluation/rating.

    Unless there are disputed issues in your claim, there is little an AA could do an Info and Assistance officer at the WCAB couldn't do to help you.

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    Default What is a PQME ?

    What is a PQME, thanks.

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    Qualified medical evaluators (QMEs) are qualified physicians who are certified by the Division of Workers’ Compensation - Medical Unit to examine injured workers to evaluate disability and write medical-legal reports. The reports are used to determine an injured worker’s eligibility for workers’ compensation benefits. QMEs include medical doctors, doctors of osteopathy, doctors of chiropractic, dentists, optometrists, podiatrists, psychologists and acupuncturists.


    Ya, save your money. You have already done the job for yourself.

    As mentioned above, the WCAB The Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board, a seven-member, judicial body appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate, exercises all judicial powers vested in it by the Labor Code. Its major functions include review of petitions for reconsideration of decisions by workers’ compensation administrative law judges of the Division of Workers’ Compensation and regulation of the adjudication process by adopting rules of practice and procedure.

    They can answer your questions and give you any advise needed to get you through the final process.

    Good luck.

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    As mentioned above, the WCAB The Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board, a seven-member, judicial body....
    You would only see a WCAB judge if necessary to resolve disputed issues in your claim...IF there were appeals, it could possibly go to the full board for decision.

    A WCAB ALJ will also review any settlement you enter into for adequacy, and approve it.

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