Applicant’s Two Injuries So Intertwined That No Separate Ratings Possible: Cal. Comp. Cases June Advanced Postings (5/28/2013)

Here’s the first batch of advanced postings for the June 2013 issue of Cal. Comp. Cases.
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City of Cathedral City, PSI administered by Adminsure, Petitioner v. Workers' Compensation Appeals Board, Mark Fields, Respondents, 2013 Cal. Wrk. Comp. LEXIS 84 (lexis.com), 2013 Cal. Wrk. Comp. LEXIS 84 (Lexis Advance)
Permanent Disability—Apportionment—Successive Injuries—WCAB, upholding its prior decision, held that applicant/police officer was entitled to single, combined award of 74 percent permanent disability as result of specific and cumulative injuries to his lumbar spine, and in forms of gastroesophageal reflux disease, coronary heart disease, hypertensive heart disease, and hypertension, rather than separate permanent disability awards under Labor Code § 4663, when opinion of agreed medical evaluator in internal medicine, on which WCAB relied, established that…
Crystal Matthies, Petitioner v. Workers' Compensation Appeals Board, Paesano's Restaurant, Zurich North America, Respondents, 2013 Cal. Wrk. Comp. LEXIS 86 (lexis.com), 2013 Cal. Wrk. Comp. LEXIS 86 (Lexis Advance)
Medical-Legal Procedure—Information Provided to Qualified Medical Evaluators—WCAB affirmed WCJ’s order that Medical Unit issue replacement chiropractic qualified medical evaluator panel to evaluate applicant/server with industrial back injury and alleged injury to other body parts, when WCAB found that defendant violated…
Temporary Disability—Duration of Disability—WCAB in split panel decision, rescinding WCJ’s award of ongoing temporary disability, awarded applicant temporary total disability benefits from 9/30/2011 through 6/22/2012, with claim for additional temporary disability deferred, when WCAB found that…
Paul Soteropoulos, Petitioner v. Workers' Compensation Appeals Board, County of Los Angeles (Fire Department), PSI, Respondents, 2013 Cal. Wrk. Comp. LEXIS 87 (lexis.com), 2013 Cal. Wrk. Comp. LEXIS 87 (Lexis Advance)
Presumption of Industrial Causation—Cancer—Firefighters—WCAB, reversing WCJ, held that defendant met burden of establishing that latency period for testicular cancer suffered by applicant while employed as…
Chen Li, Petitioner v. Workers' Compensation Appeals Board, Guide Investment Advisory, dba Hsin Hsin Shau May Deli (aka Hsin Hsin Deli), Mid-Century Insurance Company, Respondents, 2013 Cal. Wrk. Comp. LEXIS 85 (lexis.com), 2013 Cal. Wrk. Comp. LEXIS 85 (Lexis Advance)
Permanent Disability—Rating—WCAB awarded applicant cook 65 percent permanent partial disability, after apportionment, for 10/9/1999 industrial injury to neck, low back, right wrist, right arm, and right shoulder, and, as compensable consequence, gastrointestinal problems, based on…

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