Abbreviations

A workers’ compensation claim is already a difficult process. Beyond the stress of injury and paperwork, you will also need to navigate a world of new world of legal and medical abbreviations. We’ve put together the following list of common abbreviations you will encounter during your workers’ comp claim. These abbreviations are frequently used in benefit letters, attorney correspondences, medical reports and documentation from the Worker’s Compensation Appeals Board.

  • A

    A & P Anterior and Posterior
    AA Applicant’s
    AADP American Association of Drugless Practitioners
    ACOEM American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
    AD Administrative Director
    ADA Americans with Disabilities Act
    ADJ Adjudication
    ADL Activities of Daily Living
    AED Automated External Defribrillator
    AHM Anaheim
    AKA Above the Knee Amputation
    AKA Also known as
    ALJ Administrative Law Judge
    AMA American Medical Association
    AMA Guides American Medical Association Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment 5th Edition
    AME Agreed Medical Examiner / Agreed Medical Evaluator
    ANA Santa Ana
    AOE/COE Arising out of and in the course and scope of employment
    APP Application for Adjudication of Claim
    APS Attending Physician Statement
    AWW Average Weekly Wage

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  • B

    BAI Beck Anxiety Inventory
    BAK Bakersfield
    BDI Beck Depression Inventory
    BHS Beck Hopelessness Scale
    BID “Bis in Die,” Twice a day
    BIW Twice a week
    BKA Below the Knee Amputation
    BMI Body Mass Index
    BP Blood Pressure

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  • C

    C/B Complicated by
    C/S Cervical Spine
    C+R Compromise and Release
    CABG Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery
    CABP Coronary Artery Bypass Procedure
    CAD Coronary Artery Disease
    CAL/OSHA California Department of Occupational Safety + Health Administration
    CALPERS California Public Employees’ Retirement System
    CALSTRS California State Teachers’ Retirement System
    CALVCB California Victim Compensation Board
    CBC Complete Blood Count
    CBT Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
    CCC California Compensation Case
    CCP Code of Civil Procedure
    CDC Center for Disease Control and Prevention
    CF Conversion Factor
    CFRA California Family Rights Act
    CFS Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
    CHSWC Commission on Health and Safety and Workers’ Compensation
    CIGA California Insurance Guarantee Association
    CMS Center for Medicare Services
    CNA Certified Nursing Assistant
    CNS Central Nervous System
    COLA Cost of Living Adjustment
    CoLA County of Los Angeles
    COPD Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
    CRPS Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
    CPR Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
    CT Computerized Topography
    CT Cumulative Trauma
    CTE Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy
    CTS Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
    CV Curriculum Vitae
    CVA Cerebral Vascular Accident
    CVC Combined Valve Chart
    CWCR California Worker’s Compensation Reporter

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  • D

    DA Defense Attorney
    DA District Attorney
    DC Doctor of Chiropractic
    DBE Diagnosed Based Estimate
    DDD Degenerative Disk Disease
    DEPO Deposition
    DEU Disability Evaluation Unit
    DFEC Diminished Future Earning Capacity
    DFEH Department of Fair Employment and Housing
    DFR Doctor’s First Report
    DIR Department of Industrial Relations
    DIR Director of Industrial Relations
    DM Diabetes Mellitus
    DME Durable Medical Equipment
    DO Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine
    DOB Date of Birth
    DOH Date of Hire
    DOI Date of Injury
    DOL Date of Loss
    DOR Declaration of Readiness to Proceed
    DOSH Division of Occupational Safety and Health
    DR Declaration of Readiness to Proceed
    DRE Diagnosed Related Estimate
    DSM Diagnostic and Statistic Manual of Mental Disorders
    DVT Deep Vein Thrombosis
    DWC Division of Workers Compensation
    DWC-1 Claim Form
    DWD Death Without Dependents Unit
    Dx Diagnosis

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  • E

    EAMS Electronic Adjudication Management System
    EBM Evidence Based Medicine
    EDD Employment Development Department
    EE Employee
    EEG Electroncephalogram
    EEOC Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
    EIDL Enhanced Industrial Disability Leave
    EKG Electrocardiogram
    EMG Electromyography
    ENT Ear Nose & Throat
    EOB Explanation of Benefits
    EOR Explanation of Review
    ER Emergency Room
    ER Employer
    ESS Epworth Sleepiness Scale
    ETOH Ethanol/Alcohol
    EUR Eureka

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  • F

    F & A Findings and Award
    FACS Fellow American College of Surgeons
    FAS Functional Acuity Score
    FCE Functional Capacity Evaluation
    FD Full Duty
    FDA Food and Drug Administration
    FEC Future Earning Capacity
    FECA Federal Employees Compensation Act
    FEHA Fair Employment and Housing Act
    FELA Federal Employer’s Liability Act
    FEV1 Forced Expiratory Volume in the first second
    FLMA Family and Medical Leave Act
    FM Future Medical
    FMC Future Medical Care
    FRE Fresno
    FVC Forced Vital Capacity

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  • G

    GAF Global Assessment of Functioning
    GAL Guardian Ad Litem
    GERD Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disease
    GINA Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act

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  • H

    HCO Health Care Organization
    HEENT Head, Eyes, Ears, Nose, and Throat
    HIPPA Health Insurance Portability Accountability Act
    HIV Human Immunodeficiency Virus
    HMO Healthcare Maintenance Organization
    HNP Herniated Nucleus Pulposus
    HX History

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  • I

    I & A Information and Assistance Office
    ICD International Classification of Diseases
    ICU Intensive Care Unit
    IDL Industrial Disability Leave
    IDL/S Industrial Disability Leave with Supplementation
    IDR Industrial Disability Retirement
    IIP Injury Illness Prevention Program
    IMC Industrial Medical Council
    IME Independent Medical Examiner
    IME Independent Medical Evaluation
    IMR Independent Medical Review
    IND Indemnity
    IP Interphalangeal Joint
    IW Injured Worker

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  • J

    JA Job Analysis
    JPA Joint Powers Authorities

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  • K

    K One Thousand
    KUB Kidneys, Ureters and Urinary Bladder
    KCERA Kern County Employees Retirement Association

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  • L

    L/S Lumbar Spine
    LACERA Los Angeles County Employees Retirement Association
    LACERS Los Angeles City Employees Retirement System
    LAO Los Angeles
    LBO Long Beach
    LBP Lower Back Pain
    LC Labor Code
    LDW Last Day Worked
    LDW Light Duty Work
    LEI Lower Extremity Impairment
    LOC Loss of Consciousness
    LOS Length of Stay
    LOV Last Office Visit
    LP Life Pension
    LT Last Time
    LVH Left Ventricular Hypertrophy
    LVN Licensed Vocation Nurse

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  • M

    M/L Medical-Legal
    MD Medical Doctor
    MDD Major Depressive Disorder
    MDR Marina Del Rey
    MDT Multiple Disabilities Table
    MEEAC Medical Evidence Evaluation Advisory Committee
    MET Metabolic Energy Testing
    MI Myocardial Infarction
    MLST Multiple Sleep Latency Test
    MMI Maximum Medical Improvement
    MOA Memorandum of Agreement
    MOD Modified Duties
    MOU Memorandum of Understanding
    MPN Medical Provider Network
    MRI Magnetic Resonance Imaging
    MSA Medicare Set-Aside
    MSA Merit Salary Adjustment
    MSC Mandatory Settlement Conference
    MTUS Medical Treatment Utilization Schedule
    MVA Motor Vehicle Accident

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  • N

    NCM Nurse Case Manager
    NCV Nerve Conduction Velocity
    NDC National Drug Code
    NKDA No Known Drug Allergies
    NIOSH National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
    NIT Notice of Intention to Impose Sanctions
    NLT No Last Time
    NOR Notice of Representation
    NOV Next Office Visit
    NSAID Non-Steriodal Anti-Inflammatory Drug

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  • O

    OAK Oakland
    OCERS Orange County Employees Retirement System
    OCR Optical Character Recognition
    OD Office of Director
    ODG Official Disability Guidelines
    OMFS Official Medical Fee Schedule
    ONX Oxnard
    ORTHO Orthopedic
    OSHA Occupational Safety and Health Administration
    OSIP Office of Self-Insurance Plans
    OT Occupational Therapy
    OTC Over the Counter
    OTOC Ordered taken off calendar
    OV Office Visit

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  • P

    P+P Policy and Procedure Manual
    P & S Permanent and Stationary
    PA Physician’s Assistant
    PC Priority Conference
    PD Permanent Disability
    PDA Permanent Disability Advance
    PDR Permanent Disability Rating
    PDRS Permanent Disability Rating Schedule
    PFT Pulmonary Function Test
    Ph. D. Doctor of Philosophy
    PI Permanent Intermittent
    PI Personal Injury
    PI Private Investigator
    PIP Proximate Interphalangeal
    PJ Presiding Judge
    PO By month
    POB Parts of Body
    POM Pomona
    PPD Partial Permanent Disability
    PPE Personal Protective Equipment
    PR-2 Progress Report
    PR-3 Permanent and Stationary Report
    PR-4 Permanent and Stationary Report
    PRN Pro Re Nata, when necessary
    PT Physical Therapy
    PTA Post Traumatic Amenesia
    PTC Pre-Trial Conference
    PTCS Pre-Trial Conference Statement
    PTD Permanent Total Disability
    PTHS Post Traumatic Head Syndrome
    PTP Primary Treating Physician
    PTSD Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
    PVD Peripheral Vascular Disease
    PAWLJ Presiding Workers Compensation Appeals Board Judge
    PWCJ Presiding Workers Compensation Judge

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  • Q

    QIW Qualified Injured Worker
    QME Qualified Medical Examiner
    QTY Quantity

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  • R

    RAD Reactive Airwaves Disease
    RDG Redding
    RDOMP Reasonable Degree of Medical Probability
    Recon Reconsideration
    Reg. Regulation
    RFA Request for Authorization
    RHD Rheumatic Heart Disease
    RIV Riverside
    RN Registered Nurse
    ROM Range of Motion
    RSD Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
    RTW Return to Work
    RU Rehabilitation Unit
    RU-91 Description of Employees’ Job Duties Form
    RU-94 Offer of Alternative or Modified Work Form
    Rx Prescription

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  • S

    S Without
    S + W Serious and Willful
    SAC Sacramento
    SAL Salinas
    SAWW State Average Weekly Wage
    SBA Santa Barbara
    SBR San Bernardino
    SC Status Conference
    SCIF State Compensation Insurance Fraud
    SDI State Disability Insurance
    SDT Subpena Duces Tecum
    SFO San Francisco
    SIBTF Subsequent Injuries Benefit Trust Fund
    SIF Subsequent Injuries Fund
    SIG Write, label
    SIU Special Investigations Unit
    SJDB Supplemental Job Displacement Benefit
    SJO San Jose
    SLO San Luis Obispo
    SLR Straight Leg Raise
    SOAP Subjective, Objective, Assessment, Plan
    SOL Statute of Limitations
    SNRI Serotonin and Norepinephrine Reuptake Inhibitor
    SRO Santa Rosa
    SSA Social Security Administration
    SSD Social Security Disability
    SSDI Social Security Disability Insurance
    SSI Social Security Income
    SSN Social Security Number
    SSRI Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor
    STIP Stipulations and Request for Award
    STK Stockton
    Subro Subrogation
    Sx Surgical

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  • T

    T/S Thoracic Spine
    TBI Traumatic Brain Injury
    TD Temporary Disability Benefits
    TDP Transitional Duty Program
    TIA Transient Ischemic Attack
    TID Three Times per Day
    TMD Temporo Mandibular Joint Disorder
    TMJ Temporomandibular Joint
    TPA Third Party Administrator
    TPD Temporary Partial Disability
    TTD Total Temporary Disability
    TTP Tenderness to Palpation
    Tx Treatment
    TXMT Treatment

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  • U

    U & C Usual and Customary
    UAN Uniformed Assigned Name
    UEBTF Uninsured Employers Benefit Trust Fund
    UEF Uninsured Employers Fund
    UEI Upper Extremity Impairment
    UIM Underinsured Motorist Coverage
    UMBI Uninsured Motorist Bodily Injury
    UMC Uninsured Motorist Coverage
    UMP Uninsured Motorist Property Damage
    UR Utilization Review
    UTD Urine Drug Screening Test

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  • V

    VNO Van Nuys
    VR Vocational Rehabilitation
    VRMA Vocational Rehabilitation Maintenance Allowance
    VRTWC Vocational + Return to Work Counselor

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  • W

    WC Workers’ Compensation
    WCAB Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board
    WCALJ Workers’ Compensation Administrative Law Judge
    WCIRB Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau
    WCJ Workers’ Compensation Judge
    WPI Whole Person Impairment

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