The Sixth Edition of the AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment is effective for injuries which occur on or after January 1, 2008. Please see TCA, Section 50-6-204.
The edition of the AMA Guides that is effect on the date the employee is injured is the edition that shall be applicable to the claim. Please see TCA, Section 50-6-102.
New Guidance on Pain Ratings
FOR DATES OF INJURY (DOI) ON OR AFTER JULY 1, 2014, THE NEW REQUIREMENT:
“…shall not consider complaints of pain in calculating the degree of impairment, notwithstanding allowances for pain provided by the applicable edition of the AMA Guides™…” T.C.A.§50-6-204
THIS REQUIREMENT CHANGES THE WAY THAT SOME PARTS OF THE 6th Edition of the AMA GUIDES™ SHOULDE BE UTILIZED. CLICK here FOR FURTHER INFORMATION.