CA: WCAB Says Irrational to Apply Return to Work Provisions to Totally Incapacitated Employee

Rogelio Rojas v. Allied Waste Industries Inc., American Home Assurance Permanent Disability--Offers of Regular, Modified or Alternative Work--Increases in Compensation--WCAB reversed WCJ's finding that applicant/garbage truck driver with 2/18/2005 injuries to head, right leg, ribs, stomach/internal...

CA: Permanent Disability Adjustment Rate Inapplicable to Prison Inmates Injured While Incarcerated

Reginald Scott v. Calif. Dept. of Corrections Permanent Disability--Offers of Regular, Modified or Alternative Work--Prison Inmates--WCAB, rescinding WCJ's finding that applicant/prison inmate landscaper with 2/15/2006 right knee and left toe injuries was entitled to a 15 percent increase in permanent...

CA: Loss of Grip Strength Properly Ratable Under Strict Reading of AMA Guides, Almaraz Doctrine

Joel Medina v. Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital, Acclamation Insurance Management Service Permanent Disability—Rating—AMA Guides —WCAB upheld WCJ ' s finding that AME's report constituted substantial evidence to support inclusion of applicant's grip loss as an impairment...