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California: How to Prove a LeBoeuf Rebuttal

New Clues on Applying an Ogilvie III Analysis in a DFEC Rebuttal Case In a recent panel decision of Dahl v. Contra Costa County (ADJ1310387) issued on May 18, 2012, the WCAB commissioners shed some light on how to apply an Ogilvie III analysis in a DFEC rebuttal case. Set forth below is the historical...

Board Clarifies Procedures in Defense Base Act Cases Where the Insurance Carrier May Be Entitled to War Hazards Compensation Act Reimbursement

By Mark A. Reinhalter, Counsel for Longshore, Office of the Solicitor, U.S. Department of Labor, Washington, D.C. The unprecedented degree of private contracting that accompanied the military interventions in Afghanistan in 2001 and Iraq in 2003 dramatically increased the significance of the Defense...

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome as a Central Nervous System Disorder

A case study from California A case handled by this author involved the diagnosis of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) from a lower extremity industrial injury. The WCAB upheld a trial judge’s decision that a WPI rating can exceed the maximum value of an amputation and the medical reporting...

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...

California: Dahl Reversed, Ability to Be Rehabilitated Key to Rebuttal of PDRS

The First Appellate District has issued its much anticipated decision in Contra Costa County v W.C.A.B. (Dahl) today. The court reversed the W.C.A.B. decision awarding 79% permanent disability in reliance upon vocation testimony holding that the expert testimony failed to meet the criterion set out in...

Rebutting the DFEC Adjustment Factor: Ogilvie Revisited: Contra Costa County v. WCAB (Dahl)

By Robert G. Rassp, Esq. In order to understand Contra Costa County v. Workers’ Comp. Appeals Bd. (Dahl) , 240 Cal.App.4th 746 , 80 Cal. Comp. Cases – [ 240 Cal.App.4th 746 ], it is important to first understand the facts of the case. [Publisher’s Note: Citations link to lexis...

California: The Limited Use of Vocational Rehabilitation Evidence: The Shape of Things to Come Under Dahl

In Mesanovic v. Specialty Termite , 2015 Cal. Wrk. Comp. P.D. LEXIS --, the WCAB affirmed the WCJ’s finding that the applicant carpenter who suffered an industrial injury to his low back and psyche on 7/13/2007 did not rebut the diminished future earning capacity (DFEC) adjustment factor in the...