Q PERMANENT AND STATIONARY (PS): I keep hearing my California work comp doctor and attorney saying things about a "P S" report , and they tell me it stands for a Permanent and Stationary medical report, and that it is real important to my San Diego work comp case. What are they talking about?
The term Permanent and Stationary (P&S) refers to a time when your medical condition has reached maximum medical improvement. Meaning you are not getting any worse, and you have reached your best pre-job accident medical condition. And, yes, this is a very important time in your California work comp case because once you are P&S, a medical doctor can then, at that specific time, assess how much, if any, permanent disability resulted from your work related injury. This report is used to finalize your work comp case. It is a very important time in your case once you reach this stage.
If your disability is rated under the 2005 schedule you will see the term maximal medical improvement (MMI) used in place of P&S.