Idiopathic Seizures in a Post-SB 899 World: Cal. Comp. Cases January Advanced Postings (1/13/2012)

Here’s the second batch of advanced postings for the January 2012 issue of Cal. Comp. Cases. FEATURED CASE: IDIOPATHIC SEIZURES IN A POST-SB 899 WORLD Lexis.com subscribers can link to the case to read the complete summary. Harris Ranch Inn & Restaurant, PSI, administered by Acclamation...

Larson’s Spotlight on Recent Cases: Claimant Not Entitled to Permanent Total Disability Under Odd-Lot Rule

Larson's Spotlight on Odd-Lot, Statute of Limitations, Agricultural Employer, and Hazard of Employment. Larson's surveys the latest case developments that you need to know about. Thomas A. Robinson, the staff writer for Larson's Workers' Compensation Law , has compiled the list below...

MO: Working Doesn't Stop PTD Benefits for Claimant

A permanently and totally disabled claimant with a traumatic brain injury did not lose benefits because he was working, according to the Missouri Court of Appeals, when the employer failed to show a change in physical condition. The case is Pavia v Smitty's Supermarkets , No. 31275 (Mo. App. SD 2012...

MO: Working Doesn't Stop PTD Benefits for Claimant

A permanently and totally disabled claimant with a traumatic brain injury did not lose benefits because he was working, according to the Missouri Court of Appeals, when the employer failed to show a change in physical condition. The case is Pavia v Smitty's Supermarkets , No. 31275 (Mo. App. SD 2012...

Rise and Fall of the COLA: How It Affects the Attorney’s Fee in California

Calculation of attorneys’ fees has always been a hot-button issue for the WCAB. When the calculation involves a lifetime award of permanent total disability (PTD) benefits, the issue ratchets up a notch. Lately, several conflicting panel decisions have issued discussing how an attorney’s...

California Workers' Compensation Cases Roundup (3/8/2012)

CALIFORNIA COMPENSATION CASES Vol. 77 No. 1 January 2012 A Report of En Banc and Significant Panel Decisions of the WCAB and Selected Court Opinions of Related Interest, With a Digest of WCAB Decisions Denied Judicial Review CONTENTS OF THIS ISSUE © Copyright 2012 LexisNexis. All rights...

Larson’s Spotlight on Recent Cases: Injured HVAC Worker Established “Odd Lot” Status

Larson's Spotlight on Odd Lot, Causation, Farm Laborer, Immunity From Exclusive Remedy . Larson's surveys the latest case developments that you need to know about. Thomas A. Robinson, the staff writer for Larson's Workers' Compensation Law , has compiled the list below. WY: State...

Missouri: Noxious Smoke and Fumes at Work Caused Myelomas

Noxious fumes and yellow smoke caused claimant's non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (multiple myelomas) and made him unemployable, according to a new decision from the Court of Appeals, which affirmed an award of PTD benefits. The award included safety penalties and past medical benefits for over $734...

No Permanent Total Disability Found Based on AME and VR Expert Opinions: Cal. Comp. Cases April Advanced Postings (3/29/2012)

Here’s the first batch of advanced postings for the April 2012 issue of Cal. Comp. Cases. Lexis.com subscribers can link to the cases to read the complete headnotes and summaries. © Copyright 2012 LexisNexis. All rights reserved. Beverly Binstock, Petitioner v. Workers' Compensation...

Permanent Total Disability Found "In Accordance With the Fact": Cal. Comp. Cases April Advanced Postings (4/5/2012)

Here’s the second batch of advanced postings for the April 2012 issue of Cal. Comp. Cases. Lexis.com subscribers can link to the cases to read the complete headnotes and summaries . © Copyright 2012 LexisNexis. All rights reserved. American Safety Insurance Company, insurer for San Benito...

California: Economists Wanted

Lexis.com subscribers can link to the cases and statutes cited below. Since Senate Bill 899 was passed, there has been a great deal of uncertainty surrounding the proper calculation and evaluation of the COLAs provided for under Labor Code Section 4659 (c). In the years immediately following the...

California Workers' Comp Case Roundup (5-4-2012)

CALIFORNIA COMPENSATION CASES Vol. 77 No. 4 April 2012 A Report of En Banc and Significant Panel Decisions of the WCAB and Selected Court Opinions of Related Interest, With a Digest of WCAB Decisions Denied Judicial Review CONTENTS OF THIS ISSUE © Copyright 2012 LexisNexis. All rights reserved...

Missouri: Claimant's Pain Complaints Support PTD Award

A claimant who states he hurts too much to work can collect PTD benefits, even though an FCE based on "objective" findings concludes he can work in the open labor market. The court of appeals recently affirmed a Commission award of PTD against the second injury fund based on this conclusion...

U.S. Dept. of Labor Posts SAWW Information for 2013 COLA Calculations

[ Editor's Note: This blog post has been corrected .] Unfortunately when I initially looked at the Dept of Labor site for this information, the link for last year’s information took me to the 4th quarter, not the first quarter. This resulted in a rather significant understatement of the...

Increase in California Average Weekly Wage to Boost 2013 Workers’ Compensation Benefits

California’s State Average Weekly Wage (SAWW) rose more than 5.5% from $1003.55 to $1,059.38 in the 12 months ending March 31, 2012, which according to the California Workers’ Compensation Institute (CWCI), will boost minimum and maximum temporary total disability (TTD) rates for 2013 work...

Larson’s Spotlight on Recent Cases: Survivors of Deceased Employee Allowed to Bring Tort Action Against Uninsured Employer

Larson's Spotlight on Tort Action Against Uninsured Employer, Illegal Aliens, Benefits for Old Workers, and Non-Dependent Spouse. Larson's surveys the latest case developments that you need to know about. Thomas A. Robinson, the staff writer for Larson's Workers' Compensation Law , has...

Larson's Spotlight on Recent Cases: Federal RICO Cause of Action

Larson's Spotlight on RICO, Ex Parte Communication, Penalties and Reemployment. Larson's surveys the latest case developments that you need to know about. Thomas A. Robinson, the staff writer for Larson's Workers' Compensation Law , has compiled the list below. US: State Cannot...

Missouri Employees Can Collect Unemployment Benefits While Disabled

Attention Lexis Online Subscribers: Case citations link to lexis.com. Bracketed case citations link to Lexis Advance. Can a claimant collect unemployment benefits and represent that he is ready and willing to work and simultaneously collect disability benefits claiming he is unemployable? Yes, according...

Ohio: Injured Employee Denied PTD Benefits When She Refused Vocational Rehabilitation Services

An Ohio appellate court held that the state’s Industrial Commission did not abuse its discretion in considering the employee’s refusal to participate in vocational rehabilitation as a factor in denying her request for PTD compensation where the employee failed to justify her non-participation...

Split Panel Rejects Maximum Award of PTD Benefits: Cal. Comp. Cases November Advanced Postings (10/22/2014)

Here’s the first batch of advanced postings for the November 2014 issue of Cal. Comp. Cases. Lexis.com and Lexis Advance subscribers can link to the case to read the complete headnotes and summaries. © Copyright 2014 LexisNexis. All rights reserved. Marco Peris , Petitioner v. Workers'...