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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: When to Object to a Treating Physician’s Permanent Disability Determination
Posted on 28 Jun 2012 by Calif. WCAB Noteworthy Panel Decisions Reporter 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 EAMS: Winning the Race to the Medical Unit
Posted on 4 Jan 2012 by Colleen Casey

[ Note: This article was updated on January 11, 2012, to provide the reader with more information about handling civil matters. ] Workers’ compensation practitioners enjoy a rule that is unique to the world of EAMS litigation. 8 CCR 10507 provides... 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

Getting a Panel on a Denied Case in California
Posted on 8 Apr 2010 by Howard Stevens

There may be confusion about the effect of Rule 30 (d)(3) of the Administrative Director’s Rules and Regulations on denied cases. I have heard more than one adjuster express the opinion that he or she was precluded from objecting to the treating... Read More

California EAMS: Avoid Trips and Tricks – Adhere to Our Triple Top Tips
Posted on 27 May 2010 by Colleen Casey

Set for below are three top tips for easing through the current litigation process. They include: Forms to Expedite the Panel QME Process State Bar now Requires Email Addresses From all Members Procedure to Obtain an Emergency Stay ... 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