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California: Requirements for Requesting Additional QME Panels
Posted on 6 Feb 2015 by Calif. WCAB Noteworthy Panel Decisions Reporter

In Martinez v. Santa Clarita Community College District , 2015 Cal. Wrk. Comp. P.D. LEXIS 2 (, 2015 Cal. Wrk. Comp. P.D. LEXIS 2 (Lexis Advance), the WCAB denied the applicant’s petition for removal and affirmed the WCJ’s finding... Read More

California: Quirky Regs and Rules Related to the Medical Legal Evaluation Process
Posted on 6 Feb 2015 by Calif. WCAB Noteworthy Panel Decisions Reporter

Trial calendars have been inundated lately with expedited hearings dealing with Qualified Medical Evaluator (QME) and Agreed Medical Evaluator (AME) issues. As a result of the Post-SB 863 onslaught of new regs, rules and procedures, the legal community... Read More

California: DIR Director Christine Baker Provides Update on Progress of SB 863 Eighteen Months After Operative Date
Posted on 12 Sep 2014 by David Bryan Leonard

A report from the California Workers’ Compensation & Risk Conference, Sept. 10-12, 2014, Dana Point, CA By David Bryan Leonard, Esq. Without pause, Christine Baker, Director of the California Department of Industrial Relations, took the... Read More

California: Top 25 Noteworthy Panel Decisions (January-June 2016)
Posted on 29 Jun 2016 by Calif. WCAB Noteworthy Panel Decisions Reporter

LexisNexis has picked the top “noteworthy” panel decisions issued by the California Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board during the period January through June 2016. The list features a number of decisions addressing utilization review... Read More

California: Chief Judge Looks Back on Two Years of Service
Posted on 16 Dec 2013 by Hon. Kenneth B. Peterson

The position of Chief Judge for the Division of Workers’ Compensation has had a storied history since its inception more than a decade ago. In April 2002, then Administrative Director Richard (Dick) Gannon appointed Steven Siemers, a trial judge... Read More

No Entitlement to Replacement QME When QME Allegedly Failed to Issue Timely Supplemental Report: Cal. Comp. Cases May Advanced Postings (5/13/2014)
Posted on 13 May 2014 by California Compensation Cases Staff

Here’s the fourth batch of advanced postings for the May 2014 issue of Cal. Comp. Cases. and Lexis Advance subscribers can link to the case to read the complete headnotes and summaries. © Copyright 2014 LexisNexis. All rights... Read More

CA: CHSWC QME Study Says Mismatch Exists Between Supply and Demand for Specific Specialties
Posted on 25 Jun 2010 by LexisNexis Workers' Comp Law Newsroom Staff

OAKLAND, CA - CHSWC has posted an updated draft QME study in response to public concerns that too few QMEs lead to delays and disputes, QMEs are dropping out because there are too few evaluations to make it worthwhile, QME requests are increasing dramatically... Read More

CA: WCAB En Banc Says Rule 30(d)(3) Invalid
Posted on 3 Jun 2010 by Robin E. Kobayashi

Mendoza v. Huntington Hospital The Appeals Board held that California Code of Regulations, title 8, section 30(d)(3) (Administrative Director Rule 30(d)(3)), which states that when a claim has been entirely denied by the defendant only the employee... Read More