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Schwarzenegger Releases Workers Comp Regulations

The Schwarzenegger administration Thursday released a sweeping set of regulations aimed at revising how doctors evaluate permanent injuries to workers and how much compensation they are paid.

The new regulations are a key element of the landmark reform of the state´s compensation system approved by the Legislature last spring. The new proposal calls for the use of guidelines developed by the American Medical Association for measuring permanent disabilities.

The administration also wants to employ a new formula for translating the degree of injury into dollars paid in compensation.