California: A Radical/Diametrical Change in the Law of Apportionment

ACME STEEL v. WCAB (BORMAN): ANOTHER PUBLISHED DECISION FROM THE COURT OF APPEAL REMINDING US ONCE AGAIN THAT LABOR CODE §4663 IS A RADICAL/DIAMETRICAL CHANGE IN THE LAW OF APPORTIONMENT . Attention Lexis Online Subscribers: Citations link to Lexis Advance. For a list of citations that link to...

SSA Finding of Disability Used to Apply Conclusive Presumption of Dependency: Cal. Comp. Cases October Advanced Postings (10/4/2013)

Here’s the second batch of advanced postings for the October 2013 issue of Cal. Comp. Cases. Lexis.com and Lexis Advance subscribers can link to the case to read the complete headnotes and summaries. © Copyright 2013 LexisNexis. All rights reserved. City and County of San Francisco...

Independent Contractor Required to Transfer Medical Care Into MPN: Cal. Comp. Cases October Advanced Postings (10/10/2013)

Here’s the third batch of advanced postings for the October 2013 issue of Cal. Comp. Cases. Lexis.com and Lexis Advance subscribers can link to the case to read the complete headnotes and summaries. © Copyright 2013 LexisNexis. All rights reserved. Hattie Goings , Petitioner v. Workers'...

FEHA Settlement Didn’t Preclude TTD Award: Cal. Comp. Cases November Advanced Postings (10/22/2013)

Here’s the first batch of advanced postings for the November 2013 issue of Cal. Comp. Cases. Lexis.com and Lexis Advance subscribers can link to the case to read the complete headnotes and summaries . © Copyright 2013 LexisNexis. All rights reserved. Zurich North America, insurer...

Vocational Expert Failed to Conduct Research or Labor Market Survey: Cal. Comp. Cases December Advanced Postings (11/22/2013)

Here’s the first batch of advanced postings for the December 2013 issue of Cal. Comp. Cases. Lexis.com and Lexis Advance subscribers can link to the case to read the complete headnotes and summaries. © Copyright 2013 LexisNexis. All rights reserved. Bruce Bates, Petitioner v. Workers'...

Airplane Head Injury, Zone of Danger, Sudden and Extraordinary: Cal. Comp. Cases January Advanced Postings (1/15/2014)

Here’s the third batch of advanced postings for the January 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. SNCC for Lam Research Corporation...

Missouri: Commission Rejects a New Disability Claim For a "Working" Total

A claimant who is working but not "really" working cannot have a new claim of disability if he is already permanently and totally disabled, according to a recent Missouri decision. Archer v City of Cameron , 2014 Mo WCLR Lexis 15 (lexis.com) 2014 Mo WCLR Lexis 15 (Lexis Advance), and 2014 Mo...

Defendant’s Burden to Prove Overlap of Disabilities: Cal. Comp. Cases February Advanced Postings (2/7/2014)

Lexis.com and Lexis Advance subscribers can link to the case to read the complete headnotes and summaries . © Copyright 2014 LexisNexis. All rights reserved. New Axia Holding, dba Ames Taping Tools, Arrowood Indemnity Company (formerly known as Royal and Sunalliance), Petitioners v. Workers'...

California Workers' Comp Case Roundup (2/9/2014)

CALIFORNIA COMPENSATION CASES Vol. 79 No. 1 January 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: Presenting Evidence of the Vocational Expert Post SB 863

Rebuttal of an injured worker’s “strict” permanent disability rating has consistently been one of the hottest topics in recent case law. See Milpitas v. WCAB (Guzman) (2010) 75 Cal. Comp. Cases 837 (lexis.com), 75 Cal. Comp. Cases 837 (Lexis Advance). Although Guzman dealt with a rebuttal...

Employer 90 Percent at Fault for Applicant’s Burn Injuries: Cal. Comp. Cases April Advanced Postings (4/16/2014)

Here’s the fourth batch of advanced postings for the April 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. Illinois Midwest Insurance Agency...

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...