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California: Labor Code Does Not Permit Defendant to Bury Its Head in the Sand to Dodge Its Obligations

In The Romano Trust v. The Kroger Co . , 2013 Cal. Wrk. Comp. P.D. LEXIS --, a WCAB panel declared it had rarely encountered a case in which a defendant “has exhibited such blithe disregard for its legal and ethical obligation to provide medical care to a critically injured worker.” In Romano...

Tennessee: Appellate Court Orders Payment for Self-Procured Surgery Where Aborted Surgery by Panel Physician Almost Kills Injured Employee

In an unpublished decision, the Supreme Court of Tennessee (Workers’ Compensation Appeals Panel) modified, in relevant part, a trial court’s decision that had denied an employee’s request for payment of medical expenses associated with a second round of surgery on the basis that the...