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Idaho: Injured Worker’s “Undocumented” Status is Economic Factor to Be Considered in Determining Level of Permanent Disability
Posted on 15 Aug 2018 by Thomas A. Robinson

In a split decision, the Supreme Court of Idaho held that the plain wording of Idaho Code Ann. §§ 72-425 and 72-430 require that all personal and economic circumstances that diminish the ability of the claimant to compete in an open labor market... Read More

California: Application of Benson in Cases Involving Overlapping Body Parts
Posted on 5 Jul 2018 by LexisNexis Workers' Comp Law Newsroom Staff

Recently, a panel of three commissioners with the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board (WCAB) addressed the “cannot parcel out” exception” outlined in Benson v. Workers’ Comp. Appeals Bd. (2009) 170 Cal. App.4th 1535 , 74... Read More

Pennsylvania: Court OKs Reinstatement of Permanent Benefits for “Pre-Protz” Claimant
Posted on 15 Jun 2018 by Thomas A. Robinson

An injured Pennsylvania worker, whose disability status was modified from permanent to temporary in 2008, based upon a 2006 impairment rating evaluation (IRE), who then exhausted her 500 weeks of partial disability benefits and, within three years of... Read More

Worker’s Pre-existing Diabetes Not to Blame for Post-Injury Amputation: Cal. Comp. Cases December Advanced Postings (11/23/2011)
Posted on 20 Nov 2011 by California Compensation Cases Staff

Featured Case of the Week: Worker’s Pre-existing Diabetes Not to Blame for Post-Injury Amputation Bridgestone Firestone, Old Republic Insurance Company, Petitioners v. Workers' Compensation Appeals Board, Ronald Fussell (aka Ronald Fussel... Read More

Missouri: A "Working" Claimant is Not a Total (sometimes)
Posted on 8 Dec 2011 by Martin Klug

Claimant's capacity to return to work for 1 1/2 years after her back injury defeated her SIF claim that she was permanently and totally disabled. Her duties such as data entry, answering phones or monitoring suicidal patients were considered a ‘real... Read More

Intoxication Defense Fails Despite "Presumptive Positive" Blood Test: Cal. Comp. Cases December Advanced Postings (12/15/2011)
Posted on 15 Dec 2011 by California Compensation Cases Staff

Featured Case of the Week: Intoxication Defense Fails Despite "Presumptive Positive" Blood Test Beyette's Tree Care, Uninsured, Petitioner v. Workers' Compensation Appeals Board, Bart James Johnson , Respondents , 2011 Cal. Wrk. Comp... Read More

Comfortably Numb: The Impact of Prescription Pain Medications on the Proper Determination of Permanent Disability
Posted on 19 Jan 2012 by Calif. WCAB Noteworthy Panel Decisions Reporter

It may be an unfortunate reality but narcotics are a common aspect of medical treatment within the workers’ compensation system. As pain is an extremely individual experience, it is difficult if not impossible to assess whether the medications prescribed... Read More

California: So You Think You Know Who Has the Burden of Proof on Apportionment?
Posted on 2 Feb 2012 by Calif. WCAB Noteworthy Panel Decisions Reporter

Prior to Senate Bill 899, the law was clear as to which party had the burden of proof on the apportionment issue. If defendant could not provide substantial evidence that there was either pre-existing PD or a progressive disease process, apportionment... Read More

LexisNexis Provides Analysis of SB 863 California Workers' Compensation Reforms
Posted on 28 Aug 2012 by LexisNexis Workers' Comp Law Newsroom Staff

LexisNexis experts provide in-depth analysis of key portions of SB 863: Medical Treatment Permanent Disability Liens Self-insurance Carve Outs Fee Schedules WARNING: These articles were based on the 8/24 and 8/27 drafts of SB 863. On... Read More

California: Vocational Rehabilitation Experts
Posted on 17 Apr 2012 by Colleen Casey

By Colleen S. Casey Copyright © 2012. All rights reserved. Reprinted with permission. The decision in Ogilvie v. WCAB (Ogilvie III) (2011) 76 CCC 624 created an increasing demand for the expertise of vocational rehabilitation (VR) experts. Parties... Read More

California: How to Prove a LeBoeuf Rebuttal
Posted on 26 May 2012 by Calif. WCAB Noteworthy Panel Decisions Reporter

New Clues on Applying an Ogilvie III Analysis in a DFEC Rebuttal Case In a recent panel decision of Dahl v. Contra Costa County (ADJ1310387) issued on May 18, 2012, the WCAB commissioners shed some light on how to apply an Ogilvie III analysis in a... Read More

Something for Everyone: The AMA Guides and the Central Nervous System
Posted on 25 Jan 2012 by Robert G. Rassp, Esq.

By Robert G. Rassp, Esq. AMA’s Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment , Fifth Edition, Chapter 13 on the central and peripheral nervous system, is one of the most important chapters in the Guides for our purposes as workers’ compensation... Read More

Getting a Grip on Conditions for Use of the Grip Loss Metric in the AMA Guides Fifth Edition
Posted on 8 Jun 2012 by Calif. WCAB Noteworthy Panel Decisions Reporter

Lexis.com subscribers can link to the cases cited below. The AMA Guides generally disfavors grip loss as a measurement for rating a whole person impairment (WPI). (See AMA Guides Fifth Edition, page 508.) However, a series of recent WCAB panel decisions... Read More

California: Obtaining Substantial Evidence From Vocational Rehabilitation Experts in Ogilvie Cases
Posted on 9 Mar 2012 by Connie Bastian

At a seminar during the recent DWC 19th Annual Educational Conference in Oakland, we heard opinions about interpreting Ogilvie , rating permanent disability, and rebutting the 2005 Permanent Disability Rating Schedule. Although Ogilvie did not give us... Read More