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California: IME Report Based Upon Unilateral Ex-Parte Communication Struck By Court Of Appeal—New IME Required

By David Bryan Leonard, Esq. Physician’s vulnerability to ex parte manipulation by a party is highlighted in t he recent Court of Appeal Case of State Farm Insurance v. W .C.A.B. (“Pearson”) [192 Cal. App. 4th 51; 2011 Cal. App. LEXIS 86] . This is the second appellate decision...

California Workers’ Compensation Reform SB 863 Analysis: Medical Treatment Provisions (9/7/2012)

The following analysis is based on the 8/30/2012 amended version of SB 863: SB863, widely lauded as the “new and improved” workers’ compensation reform package passed both the houses of the legislature on Friday, August 31 and is now on the Governor’s desk waiting to be signed...

California Workers’ Compensation Reform SB 863 Analysis: Medical Treatment Provisions (9/7/2012)

The following analysis is based on the 8/30/2012 amended version of SB 863: SB863, widely lauded as the “new and improved” workers’ compensation reform package passed both the houses of the legislature on Friday, August 31 and is now on the Governor’s desk waiting to be signed...