Workers' Compensation

Split Panel Grants Applicant Another Bite at the PQME Apple: Cal. Comp. Cases September Advanced Postings (9/2/2015)

Here’s the latest batch of advanced postings for the September 2015 issue of Cal. Comp. Cases.

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St. Helena Hospital v. WCAB (Jones), lexis.com, Lexis Advance

Injury AOE/COE—Substantial Evidence—WCAB’s Duty to Develop Record—WCAB, in split panel decision, rescinded WCJ’s finding that applicant licensed vocational nurse did not suffer compensable cumulative trauma to her knees, and held that there was insufficient evidence in record to determine whether applicant incurred cumulative trauma injury AOE/COE, when panel majority found that opinion of panel qualified medical evaluator David Osborne, M.D., on which WCJ relied, did not constitute substantial evidence to support WCJ’s take-nothing order because…

SA Recycling LLC v. WCAB (Melendez), lexis.com, Lexis Advance

Injury AOC/COE—Development of Record—WCAB, reversing WCJ’s finding of no injury AOE/COE, remanded for WCJ to further develop record by directing parties to obtain substantial medical evidence on issue of causation of applicant’s injury, when WCAB found that…

Post-Termination Claims—Exceptions—WCAB reversed WCJ and held that applicant’s claim was not barred by Labor Code § 3600(a)(10) as post-termination claim, when WCAB found that...

Navarro v. WCAB, lexis.com, Lexis Advance

Employment Relationships—Employees vs. Independent Contractors—Taxicab Drivers—WCAB, in split panel decision, affirmed WCJ’s finding that applicant was independent contractor, not employee of defendant, on date he sustained injuries to multiple body parts, based on factors in S. G. Borello & Sons, Inc. v. Department of Industrial Relations (1989) 48 Cal. 3d 341, 256 Cal. Rptr. 543, 769 P.2d 399, 54 Cal. Comp. Cases 80, when…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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