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Almond Sorter Accused of Exaggerating Symptoms of Injury

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 | 1009 | 1 | 0 min read

An almond sorter was charged with making false statements about the extent of her injuries after her doctors said she lied about not being able to use her right arm, Intercare Holdings Insurance Services Inc. announced. Maria Guadalupe Lepe was taken into custody Monday at the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board in Fresno on an arrest warrant for a complaint that the Merced County District Attorney’s Office filed against her in August. Lepe was a seasonal laborer for Reyes Bros., a member of the California Farm Management Self Insured Group. She was working as an almond sorter on...

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Ted Penny Nov 15, 2017 07:54 AM

To the extent that the facts bear out this story, the most noteworthy observation to be made is the inability of the QME to be able to distinguish between a 100% impairment and an 18% impairment. Is this a failure in the exam process, does it reflect a doctor’s willingness to search for an impairment rating that matches the complaints of the injured worker or is it an artifact of the Guides? More should be done to look at this and similar cases to determine how to improve the method of impairment assessment.

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