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Alabama: Compensation for Loss of Scheduled Member Exclusive Unless Effects of Injury Interfere With Body’s Efficiency

Citing an earlier decision by the Supreme Court of Alabama wherein the state high court adopted “the Larson rule” regarding schedule allowances—that if the effects of the loss of the member extend to other parts of the body and interfere with their efficiency, the schedule allowance...

Employer Violated Safety Order With Cigarette Smoke in Workplace: Cal. Comp. Cases May Advanced Postings (4/30/2014)

Here are the first two batches of advanced postings for the May 2014 issue of Cal. Comp. Cases. Lexis.com and Lexis Advance subscribers can link to the case to read the complete headnotes and summaries. © Copyright 2014 LexisNexis. All rights reserved. Negherbon Auto Center, Petitioner...

Green v. City of Los Angeles: Refresh of Apportionment

Rejection of the Black Box Approach By Charles Edward Clark, Esq. 1 INTRODUCTION In the years since E.L. Yeager Construction v. Workers' Comp. Appeals Bd. (Gatten) (2006) 145 Cal.App.4th 922 [ 71 Cal.Comp.Cases 1687 ], apportionment analysis has been plagued by the “black box”...

Inability to Tolerate Sound Did Not Equate to Total Inability to Work Again: Cal. Comp. Cases June Advanced Postings (5/29/2014)

Here’s the first batch of advanced postings for the June 2014 issue of Cal. Comp. Cases. Lexis.com and Lexis Advance subscribers can link to the case to read the complete headnotes and summaries. © Copyright 2014 LexisNexis. All rights reserved. Coleman Burke, dba Pride and Joy, Petitioner...

California: Whose Burden Is It, Anyway?

With all of the changes in the law the last few years, practitioners are finding it more difficult to determine which side has the burden of proof. Once determined, they have a difficult time finding the appropriate evidence needed to meet this burden. Set forth below is a summary of recent Noteworthy...

California Workers' Comp Case Roundup (6/14/2014)

CALIFORNIA COMPENSATION CASES Vol. 79 No. 5 May 2014 A Report of En Banc and Significant Panel Decisions of the WCAB and Selected Court Opinions of Related Interest, With a Digest of WCAB Decisions Denied Judicial Review CONTENTS OF THIS ISSUE © Copyright 2014 LexisNexis. All rights...

California: Appellate Court Broadly Interprets Labor Code Section 5803

In a brief and to the point decision, the 2nd Appellate District has reversed a W.C.A.B. decision that had rescinded an award of increased benefits based upon a Petition to Reopen. The case, Benavides v W.C.A.B ., is one of the briefest opinions on a workers’ compensation issue that this commentator...

Defendant Gets to Select Interpreters for Depositions It Notices: Cal. Comp. Cases August Advanced Postings (8/9/2014)

Here’s the second batch of advanced postings for August 2014 issue of Cal. Comp. Cases. Lexis.com and Lexis Advance subscribers can link to the case to read the complete headnotes and summaries. © Copyright 2014 LexisNexis. All rights reserved. Flavio Solano, Petitioner v. Workers'...

Deposition Procedures Not Required for Vocational Expert Interviews: Cal. Comp. Cases September Advanced Postings (8/29/2014)

Here’s the first batch of advanced postings for September 2014 issue of Cal. Comp. Cases. Lexis.com and Lexis Advance subscribers can link to the case to read the complete headnotes and summaries. © Copyright 2014 LexisNexis. All rights reserved. James Fetner, Petitioner v. Workers'...

California: Combined Values Chart – Guide or Mandate?

The Combined Values Chart (CVC) is included in the 2005 Permanent Disability Rating Schedule (PDRS) as the tool for parties to use to add impairments. The form of mathematics is a bit odd. Under the CVC, 30 + 20 = 44. And 80 + 30 = 86. Some have wondered if this was part of the new “core curriculum”...

California: Elements for Rebuttal of a Strict Rating of the AMA Guides

One of the primary goals and foundation of the workers’ compensation system is to provide adequate medical treatment for injured workers, enabling them to promptly return to their usual and customary jobs. Hence, it is not unusual for a worker to be injured, receive appropriate medical treatment...

Medical Evidence Alone of Inability to Compete in Open Labor Market Could Not Rebut Permanent Disability Rating: Cal. Comp. Cases October Advanced Postings (10/10/2014)

Here’s the third batch of advanced postings for the October 2014 issue of Cal. Comp. Cases. Lexis.com and Lexis Advance subscribers can link to the case to read the complete headnotes and summaries. © Copyright 2014 LexisNexis. All rights reserved. Sonia Morris , Petitioner v. Workers'...

California: Apportionment Precluded Under Anti-Attribution Provisions of Labor Code 4663(e)

In Zuniga v. County of Los Angeles , 2014 Cal. Wrk. Comp. P.D. LEXIS --, a split WCAB panel held that an applicant deputy sheriff was entitled to two periods of Labor Code § 4850 and temporary disability benefits (one for industrial injury to his knees, spine, cardiovascular system, and in the form...

PD Payable Retroactively 14 Days After Last Payment of 4850 Benefits: Cal. Comp. Cases November Advanced Postings (11/12/2014)

Here are the third and fourth batches of advanced postings for the November 2014 issue of Cal. Comp. Cases. Lexis.com and Lexis Advance subscribers can link to the case to read the complete headnotes and summaries. © Copyright 2014 LexisNexis. All rights reserved. County of Riverside, PSI...

California: Top 25 Noteworthy Panel Decisions (July–December 2014)

LexisNexis has picked the top “noteworthy” panel decisions issued by the California Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board during the period July through December 2014. You’ll find many helpful cases in this list, including a recent decision on reasonable attorney’s fees ,...

New Period of Cumulative Trauma Resulted in 100 Percent Permanent Disability: Cal. Comp. Cases February Advanced Postings (1/27/2015)

Here’s the first batch of advanced postings for February 2015 issue of Cal. Comp. Cases. Lexis.com and Lexis Advance subscribers can link to the case to read the complete headnotes and summaries. © Copyright 2015 LexisNexis. All rights reserved. Travelers Indemnity Company, insurer...

A is for Apportionment: How It Can Make or Break Your Case

Karen C. Yotis, Esq., a Feature Resident Columnist for the LexisNexis Workers’ Compensation eNewsletter , provides insights into workplace issues and the nuts and bolts of the workers’ comp world. It’s been a full decade since the 2004 enactment of SB899 turned California Labor...

Idaho: Continued Pain Does Not Contradict Finding That Worker Reached Maximum Medical Improvement

An injured worker’s contention that she still suffered significant pain was not sufficient to contradict the Commission’s finding that the worker had nevertheless reached a point of maximum medical improvement, held an Idaho court. In fact, the worker’s evidence that she was not improving...

California: How Physicians Can Provide the Most Accurate WPI Rating Under the AMA Guides

In Ramirez v. Space Lok, Inc., 2015 Cal. Wrk. Comp. P.D. LEXIS 9 (lexis.com), 2015 Cal. Wrk. Comp. P.D. LEXIS 9 (Lexis Advance), the WCAB rescinded the WCJ’s finding that the applicant, a machine operator, incurred 36 percent permanent disability as a result of a 7/23/2012 industrial injury to...

Vermont: Physician’s Use of AMA Guides’ DRE Method—Rather Than ROM Method—for Determining Impairment Did Not Support Reformation of Settlement Agreement

Where settlement in 2002 (via Vermont’s Form 22) of the PPD segment of a workers’ compensation claim was based upon a physician’s use of the AMA Guides’ Diagnosis Related Estimate (“DRE”) and, six years later, two different physicians indicated that it would have been...

Sole Reliance on Applicant’s Lay Testimony on Medical Issue Was Erroneous: Cal. Comp. Cases April Advanced Postings (4/2/2015)

Here are the first and second batches of advanced postings for the April 2015 issue of Cal. Comp. Cases. Lexis.com and Lexis Advance subscribers can link to the case to read the complete headnotes and summaries. © Copyright 2015 LexisNexis. All rights reserved. Lynda Myers , Petitioner...

New York: To Support Apportionment, Prior Condition Must Be Disabling, Not Just Symptomatic

A New York appellate court held it was error to apportion an injured worker’s permanent disability based on medical testimony that 10 percent of the impairment was due to a 2009 work-related injury and that the rest was due to a 1981 work-related injury where the worker returned to work after the...

Opinion of Treating Physician Found More Persuasive Than QME’s: Cal. Comp. Cases April Advanced Postings (4/8/2015)

Here’s the third batch of advanced postings for April 2015 issue of Cal. Comp. Cases. Lexis.com and Lexis Advance subscribers can link to the cases to read the complete headnotes and summaries. © Copyright 2015 LexisNexis. All rights reserved. Tina Solano, Petitioner v. Workers'...

Missouri: Commission Reverses Denial of a PPD Claim That Lacked a Rating

The Commission issued a shocking new decision that the Missouri comp statute does not require a worker’s expert to provide a rating of disability in order to receive permanent disability benefits. The Commission awarded partial benefits of 18 weeks against the Fund, reversing a denial by the ALJ...

Applicant’s Impairments Added Rather Than Using Combined Values Chart: Cal. Comp. Cases May Advanced Postings (4/28/2015)

Here’s the second batch of advanced postings for the May 2015 issue of Cal. Comp. Cases. Lexis.com and Lexis Advance subscribers can link to the cases to read the complete headnotes and summaries. © Copyright 2015 LexisNexis. All rights reserved. Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation...