Using The Guides Fifth As Intended

Using the Guides Fifth As Intended In California Workers Compensation | Kenneth Kingdon, Esq. This unique and essential reference includes interviews with Guides Fifth Senior Medical Editor Gunnar B.J. Andersson, MD, PhD (musculoskeletal chapters), J. Mark Melhorn, MD (Reviewer, Guides Fifth, and Lead Chapter Author, Guides Sixth, Upper Extremities), and the following Chapter Chairs: Robert Haralson, MD (Spine), Frank Jones, MD (Upper Extremities), James Luck, MD (Lower Extremities), Margit Bleecker, MD (Central and Peripheral Nervous System), August Colenbrander, MD (Visual System), Dennis C. Turk, PhD (Pain).

Issues addressed include:

  • When and how to modify the conventional Guides impairment rating
  • When to use the ROM method
  • Overlap between the DRE method and Chapter 18
  • Apportionment
  • Rating Pain
  • Rating impairments from multiple etiologies in the same table



Kenneth Kingdon was a reviewer for the AMA Guides, Sixth Edition, and a reviewer for both the spine and lower extremities workbooks for the Sixth Edition.

In addition to his publications and work with the American Medical Association and having testified as an expert witness on the AMA Guides, he is a teacher and lecturer for, Workcompcentral and the Insurance Educational Association.

Mr. Kingdon is a Certified Specialist in Workers Compensation by the State Bar of California. He was named as one of California’s “Super Lawyers” in workers compensation, and he has worked as a Judge Pro Tem for the Workers Compensation Appeals Board.

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