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EAMS and "Access to Justice" Concerns

As EAMS leaps forward to train the judicial staff of each judicial office, “access to justice” concerns mount. EAMS training will occur during June, July and August. Initially, when this was announced, panic set in. If the courtrooms are off limits for three months, how will business be conducted...

Leap into EAMS With New Terminology

A trial in EAMS will look very similar to a case that is currently being tried. However, some of the words have been morphed to fit the modern technology employed by EAMS. In order to correctly use the new EAMS paradigm, it is necessary to become familiar with some of these new terms and concepts, which...

Selective Filing of Medical Reports under EAMS

Within the next few months, California’s Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) will substantially change the adjudication of California workers’ compensation claims via the implementation of the Electronic Adjudication Management System (EAMS). While EAMS is primarily the DWC’s...

EAMS Forms and Documents

After the EAMS regulations become final in October 2008, all parties must use the new EAMS forms for all aspects of their workers’ compensation practice, including DORs, applications, C&Rs, etc. DWC is encouraging all parties to begin using these new forms when EAMS goes live on 8.25.08. Between...

Live DWC Training Session on Filing Documents in EAMS

The Division of Workers' Compensation (DWC) will conduct two free "train the trainer" sessions for external users on how to file forms and documents in the Electronic Adjudication Management System (EAMS). The first session will be held Aug. 14 in Los Angeles. The second will be held...

"Uniform Names" for a Uniform System

New EAMS Optical Character Recognition documents will be available for use at "go – live" on 8.25.08. DWC will encourage use of these documents until mid-October at which time use of the documents will be mandatory. One major change in the filing of documents is use of the "uniform...

Showing Up for the Showdowns: Appearance Requirements Under EAMS

The automation of California workers' compensation administrative law proceedings via the Electronic Adjudication Management System (EAMS) has already begun. These reforms include significant changes to the regulations with govern the routine handling of California workers' compensation litigation...

Top 10 User Errors in EAMS

The Top 10 user errors in EAMS are as follows: 1. Ignoring the DWC Website The DWC Website has a wealth of information. It should be checked on a regular basis as new information is added daily. The website is located at: www.dwc.ca.gov/eams Now featured on the site is a new EAMS and legacy case...

California: Rules, Customs and EAMS

California’s Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) is modernizing its document management and calendaring systems with the implementation of the Electronic Adjudication Management System (EAMS). EAMS will have many consequences. This post concerns one of them; how automation will change...

California EAMS: Top 10 FAQs re the OCR Forms

1. OCR Forms Mandatory Q: Are the new OCR forms mandatory now that the DWC Regulations are approved? A: Yes, the OCR forms became mandatory Nov. 17. An instruction manual for completing OCR forms can be found on the DWC website – www.dir.ca.gov/eams . There will be a three-month transition period...

California EAMS Bulk Filing

First there were OCR forms. Then e-filing came along to expedite things. Now the Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) is developing a new way of using the Electronic Adjudication Management System (EAMS) that will exponentially improve the way workers’ compensation documents are processed...

California: Access to EAMS

Good news for the workers’ comp community. The EAMS webpage ( www.dwc.ca.gov/eams ) has been redesigned to make the entire site more user-friendly. All instruction pods from “EAMS for beginners” to “Preparing your paper documents for submission” have been reorganized and...

California EAMS: Coldiron Has Been Codified

Using a paperless adjudication system mandates, more than ever, the need to identify all parties and their clients in any given action. The WCAB issued en banc decisions on this issue back in 2002 named, Coldiron v. Compuware Corp (2002) 67 CCC 289 ( Coldiron I ) and 67 CCC 1466 ( Coldiron II ). ...

California EAMS: Notice of Discrepancy

The “Notice of Discrepancy” is a new form that has crept into our legal community with the advent of EAMS. Some people are still not familiar with how it works. So let’s look at a hypothetical chronology of when the form might be generated. 4/1/09 Judge Jim issued his Findings and...

EAMS Blogs Reference Page (updated 1/10/2010)

Welcome to the EAMS Blogs Reference Page, which is designed to help you find specific topics, statutes, and regulations referenced in the blogs written by Judge Colleen Casey and Judge Robert Norton. Feedback and comments can be sent to Robin.E.Kobayashi@lexisnexis.com . Table of Contents ■ List...

EAMS: Insuring the Right to Privacy

The Fifth District Court of Appeal issued an unpublished opinion on July 27, 2007 in the case of City of Turlock v. WCAB , (STK09YYZZZ) (2007) 72 CCC 931 , affirming the decision of the workers’ compensation judge that the injured worker’s hepatitis C was work related. ( California Rules...

EAMS and the QME Process

Most people are surprised to learn that the DWC Medical Unit is not yet integrated with EAMS. Because of that, here are some special considerations practitioners need to know in order to effectively communicate with the Medical Unit. In addition, the DWC issued new QME regulations on February 17, 2009...

EAMS: How to Request a DEU Rating

Author’s Note: Colleen Casey would like to gratefully acknowledge the assistance of Jill Comyford and Chuck Ellison in creating this blog. Jill came up with the idea for the blog and compiled all of the technical information. She also wrote the first draft of the text. Chuck wrote all of the detailed...

EAMS: Why Is Venue So Vexing?

One of the most common issues that occur with EAMS has to do with those elusive venue statutes and regs: LC §§ 5501.5 , 5501.6 and 8 CCR §§ 10409 , 10410 , 10411 , 10412 , 10210 (jj), 10301 (gg) & 10232 (a)(9). It all starts with the “Application for Adjudication of...

California EAMS: Avoid Trips and Tricks – Adhere to Our Triple Top Tips

Set for below are three top tips for easing through the current litigation process. They include: Forms to Expedite the Panel QME Process State Bar now Requires Email Addresses From all Members Procedure to Obtain an Emergency Stay 1. New Forms Make Obtaining a Panel QME Easier...

California EAMS: Tips for Filing Petitions for Reconsideration

Electronic filing of documents has provided an opportunity for the WCAB to revamp their rules on Petitions for Reconsideration. Failure to follow these rules may result in denial of your argument, or worse, the imposition of sanctions. AD Rule §10561 allows the WCAB to impose sanctions, on its own...

California: Ex Parte Communications

What would you do in the following hypothetical? Let’s say Judge Whopper appointed Dr. Zeus as a “regular physician” to determine the injured worker’s level of Whole Person Impairment (WPI) in a case you are handling. Neither the treating doctor’s report, nor the Panel...

California DWC Goes to the Movies

Always eager to both educate and entertain, the DWC has issued its latest video sensation, “OCR Forms Unleashed.” This sequel to the ever popular “OCR Forms Gone Wild” has been called derivative of Fellini by some critics, but it’s a definite “must see” if you...

Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the DWC Forum…A New DWC 1 Form Was Created

Have you ever noticed the side menu on the DWC website and wondered, “What’s the difference between ‘Participate in DWC rulemaking’ and ‘Participate in a DWC forum’?” Good question! The latter conjures up images of that classic Sondheim musical, A Funny Thing...

EAMS: Walk Through the Walk-Through Reg. 10280 in Ten Easy Steps

When I tell my non-workers’ comp friends that I handled 14 “walk-throughs” today, they get all sort of interesting images in their heads. Some imagine a beauty pageant type of promenade of attorneys through the courtroom. Others think it is some sort of new video feature of EAMS, where...