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California Workers' Comp Case Roundup (10/28/2015)
Posted on 28 Oct 2015 by California Compensation Cases Staff

CALIFORNIA COMPENSATION CASES Vol. 80 No. 10 October 2015 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... 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

Workers’ Compensation Benefits for Injured Workers Continue to Decline While Employer Costs Rise
Posted on 13 Aug 2015 by LexisNexis Workers' Comp Law Newsroom Staff

Study Finds Benefits as a Share of Payroll Approach Lowest in Three Decades WASHINGTON, D.C – Workers’ compensation benefits as a share of payroll for injured workers continue to decline even as employment grows and overall employer costs... Read More

Workplace Wellness and On-site Chiropractic Services: Is There a Chiropractor in the House?
Posted on 17 Mar 2015 by Robin E. Kobayashi

By Robin E. Kobayashi, J.D., LexisNexis Legal & Professional Operations Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), including most commonly sprains and strains, accounted for a whopping 33 percent of all workplace injury and illness cases as well as one... Read More

California: What Actions, If Any, Should Be Taken When We Are Still Getting Medical Reports From Out-Of-Network Physicians?
Posted on 3 Jun 2011 by Corey Ingber

LIVING IN A POST VALDEZ WORLD HOW DO WE DETERMINE WHETHER WE HAVE A DEFENSE? Please recall the WCAB En Banc decision in Valdez v. Warehouse Demo Services/Zurich [ADJ7048296] where on 4/20/11, the WCAB Commissioners, with two partially dissenting... Read More

Emerging Trend at California WCAB: Sanctions & Costs
Posted on 6 Oct 2010 by Nigel Scott Baker, Esq.

Recently, the WCAB imposed sanctions (sometimes on its own motion) and awarded costs for actions and tactics noted in Labor Code §5813 and described in more detail under Rule 10561 (which I invite you to review). Labor Code §5813 says: “... Read More

Five Recent Cases You Should Know About (3/25/2011)
Posted on 24 Mar 2011 by Larson's Spotlight

Larson's Spotlight on Preferred Provider Organization, Exclusive Remedy, Physician Testimony, Temporary Partial Disability, and Jurisdiction. Larson's surveys the latest case developments that you need to know about. Thomas A. Robinson, the staff... Read More

California Department of Industrial Relations Regulations: Update and Comments
Posted on 30 Jul 2010 by William Zachry

The development and implementation of regulations is a complex and time consuming process. However they are just as important as the laws when it comes to making the system work well and reducing unnecessary expenses. I recommend that you as an... Read More

California EAMS: Compliance With QME Regulations
Posted on 7 Jul 2011 by Colleen Casey

New Qualified Medical Examiner (QME) regulations were issued on Feb. 17, 2009. These regulations provide helpful guidance for both attorneys and doctors on how to obtain the highest quality evaluations for injured workers. Compliance with these regulations... Read More

Diabetes Epidemic in America as Cost Driver in the Workers’ Comp System
Posted on 3 Aug 2010 by Stuart D. Colburn

Stuart D. Colburn, a Shareholder of Downs Stanford in Austin, Texas, analyzes the impact of the diabetes epidemic in America, one of the primary cost drivers in the workers’ compensation system. To view his slide presentation on this topic, click... Read More

Tags: costs , diabetes

OR: WC Premium Rate Will Decrease Again In 2011
Posted on 9 Sep 2010 by

Salem, OR (CompNewsNetwork) - The workers’ compensation “pure” premium rate will decrease 1.8 percent in 2011, the Department of Consumer and Business Services (DCBS) announced today. This rate has not increased since 1990 and has decreased... Read More

SC: DOI Approves WC Loss Cost Filing Decrease
Posted on 15 Jun 2010 by

Columbia, SC (CompNewsNetwork) - Scott H. Richardson, Director of the South Carolina Department of Insurance, announced today that the Department has reviewed and approved a Workers’ Compensation Voluntary Market Loss Costs and Rating Values Filing... Read More

Tags: rates , costs

Pulling the Plug on Four Unnecessary WC Costs
Posted on 16 Jun 2010 by

Asheville, NC (CompNewsNetwork) - According to the National Safety Council’s 2010 edition of "Injury Facts," preliminary data showed the number of disabling unintentional injuries reached 3.2 million in 2008, translating into 110 million... Read More