” [W]e begin by presuming that the agreed medical examiner has been chosen by the parties because of his expertise and neutrality. Therefore his opinion should ordinarily be followed unless there is good reason to find that opinion unpersuasive.” Power v. Workers Compensation Appeals Bd. of California, 51 Cal. Comp. Cases 114, 1986 Cal. Wrk. Comp. LEXIS 3141, 224 Cal. Rptr. 758.
Dr. Alexander Angerman served as an Agreed Medical Examiner in the field of Orthopedics in countless cases. He was vital to the Workers’ Compensation Community. He set the standard as to how one should be an Agreed Medical Examiner.
He was an expert in his field, he tried his best to remain neutral, and he had genuine compassion for those individuals he examined. His reporting was outstanding. The reports were comprehensive and well-thought. It was obvious to all that read them that Dr. Angerman spent a lot of time working on his reports. Everyone respected him within the community. His work was of the highest quality. He believed in the Workers’ Compensation Community and was well known for sharing a cup of coffee with the parties after depositions. He believed in that everyone in the community should get along.
While we all would have enjoyed that he had a more lengthy life, I know that he had much happiness within his family. He loved to talk about his “grandbabies.”
My last encounter with Dr. Angerman was, at all places, at a Ralphs Market, during the outbreak of COVID. I joked with him that, in all the years that I knew him, that this was the first time I had ever seen him wearing a surgical mask.
He was always a great gentleman and a great doctor. He will be sorely missed by all.