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Pain Disorders and the New DSM-5

By Robert G. Rassp. Esq. “Pain is relevant to mental impairment, since mental illness may change the perception of pain, for example, making it the object of an obsession or a somatic (bodily) expression of an emotional problem. However, it can be extremely difficult to determine whether pain...

California: Psychiatric Compensable Consequence as a New and Further Injury

In Woodward v. Tri Corp Construction , 2014 Cal. Wrk. Comp. P.D. LEXIS —, the WCAB panel, affirming the WCJ, found good cause existed under Labor Code § 5410 to reopen the applicant’s 1/26/2011 Stipulated Award and to find that the applicant sustained a psychiatric injury as a compensable...