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California Panel QME Process: Is It Time to Admit We Are Dealing With a Monster?
Posted on 17 May 2012 by Calif. WCAB Noteworthy Panel Decisions Reporter

A serious question needs to be asked about whether requiring the use of one Qualified Medical Evaluator (QME) in a workers’ compensation case, as opposed to the use of “battling QME’s”, has reduced litigation or has actually served... Read More

California: Self-Procured Medical Marijuana
Posted on 3 Apr 2015 by Calif. WCAB Noteworthy Panel Decisions Reporter

Are applicants entitled to reimbursement for self-procured medical marijuana both pre- and post-SB 863? In Cockrell v. Farmers Insurance , 2015 Cal. Wrk. Comp. P.D. LEXIS --, a WCAB panel has once again rescinded the WCJ’s finding that the applicant... Read More

California: The PQME Process Runs Amok - A Tragic-Comedy
Posted on 21 Oct 2011 by Robert G. Rassp, Esq.

By Robert G. Rassp, Esq. This story is true. The names were changed to protect the guilty. This story is a great example of what is wrong with the panel QME process under Labor Code sections 4062.1 and 4062.2. There are many cases where claims administrators... Read More

California: Face to Face With a Bunch of PQMEs
Posted on 15 Mar 2017 by Robert G. Rassp, Esq.

In early 2017, a PQME referral company hosted a continuing medical education (CME) program for its panel QME physicians in the Southern California area. The first three hours of the six hour program featured an applicant’s attorney, a defense attorney... Read More

California: WCAB Panel Allows Report of Non-Examining Panel QME in Contribution Proceeding
Posted on 20 Nov 2011 by Calif. WCAB Noteworthy Panel Decisions Reporter

In Chirinos v. Heartwood Cabinet , No. ADJ2087163, the WCAB panel found that the applicant’s failure to submit to a physical examination by the panel QME did not render the panel QME’s reports inadmissible for purposes of this contribution... Read More

California: Communications With the AME or PQME
Posted on 30 Nov 2016 by Calif. WCAB Noteworthy Panel Decisions Reporter

When do communications with the AME or PQME have to be cleared by the opposing side? In Lopez Castaneda v. Forever 21 , 2016 Cal. Wrk. Comp. P.D. LEXIS --, the WCAB, in a split panel opinion, affirmed the WCJ’s finding that the applicant was... Read More

California: When to Object to a Treating Physician’s Permanent Disability Determination
Posted on 28 Jun 2012 by Calif. WCAB Noteworthy Panel Decisions Reporter

Lexis.com subscribers can link to the cases and statutes cited below. California Labor Code Section 4062 provides that if either party objects to a “medical determination” made by the treating physician concerning any medical issues not... Read More

California: WCAB Panel Allows Report of Non-Examining Panel QME in Contribution Proceeding
Posted on 20 Nov 2011 by Calif. WCAB Noteworthy Panel Decisions Reporter

In Chirinos v. Heartwood Cabinet , No. ADJ2087163, the WCAB panel found that the applicant’s failure to submit to a physical examination by the panel QME did not render the panel QME’s reports inadmissible for purposes of this contribution... Read More

California: The PQME Process Runs Amok - A Tragic-Comedy
Posted on 21 Oct 2011 by Robert G. Rassp, Esq.

By Robert G. Rassp, Esq. This story is true. The names were changed to protect the guilty. This story is a great example of what is wrong with the panel QME process under Labor Code sections 4062.1 and 4062.2. There are many cases where claims administrators... Read More

California Panel QME Process: Is It Time to Admit We Are Dealing With a Monster?
Posted on 17 May 2012 by Calif. WCAB Noteworthy Panel Decisions Reporter

A serious question needs to be asked about whether requiring the use of one Qualified Medical Evaluator (QME) in a workers’ compensation case, as opposed to the use of “battling QME’s”, has reduced litigation or has actually served... Read More

California: When to Object to a Treating Physician’s Permanent Disability Determination
Posted on 28 Jun 2012 by Calif. WCAB Noteworthy Panel Decisions Reporter

Lexis.com subscribers can link to the cases and statutes cited below. California Labor Code Section 4062 provides that if either party objects to a “medical determination” made by the treating physician concerning any medical issues not... Read More