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CA: WCAB En Banc Says Rule 30(d)(3) Invalid

Mendoza v. Huntington Hospital The Appeals Board held that California Code of Regulations, title 8, section 30(d)(3) (Administrative Director Rule 30(d)(3)), which states that when a claim has been entirely denied by the defendant only the employee may request a panel of Qualified Medical Evaluators...

CA: CHSWC QME Study Says Mismatch Exists Between Supply and Demand for Specific Specialties

OAKLAND, CA - CHSWC has posted an updated draft QME study in response to public concerns that too few QMEs lead to delays and disputes, QMEs are dropping out because there are too few evaluations to make it worthwhile, QME requests are increasing dramatically affecting availability, AMEs are increasingly...

California: Chief Judge Looks Back on Two Years of Service

The position of Chief Judge for the Division of Workers’ Compensation has had a storied history since its inception more than a decade ago. In April 2002, then Administrative Director Richard (Dick) Gannon appointed Steven Siemers, a trial judge at the Oakland District WCAB, as the first Chief...

No Entitlement to Replacement QME When QME Allegedly Failed to Issue Timely Supplemental Report: Cal. Comp. Cases May Advanced Postings (5/13/2014)

Here’s the fourth batch of advanced postings for the May 2014 issue of Cal. Comp. Cases. Lexis.com and Lexis Advance subscribers can link to the case to read the complete headnotes and summaries. © Copyright 2014 LexisNexis. All rights reserved. Illinois Midwest Insurance Agency,...

California: DIR Director Christine Baker Provides Update on Progress of SB 863 Eighteen Months After Operative Date

A report from the California Workers’ Compensation & Risk Conference, Sept. 10-12, 2014, Dana Point, CA By David Bryan Leonard, Esq. Without pause, Christine Baker, Director of the California Department of Industrial Relations, took the stage immediately following national basketball...

California: Quirky Regs and Rules Related to the Medical Legal Evaluation Process

Trial calendars have been inundated lately with expedited hearings dealing with Qualified Medical Evaluator (QME) and Agreed Medical Evaluator (AME) issues. As a result of the Post-SB 863 onslaught of new regs, rules and procedures, the legal community is having a difficult time keeping up with many...

California: Requirements for Requesting Additional QME Panels

In Martinez v. Santa Clarita Community College District , 2015 Cal. Wrk. Comp. P.D. LEXIS 2 (lexis.com), 2015 Cal. Wrk. Comp. P.D. LEXIS 2 (Lexis Advance), the WCAB denied the applicant’s petition for removal and affirmed the WCJ’s finding that the applicant, who worked as a custodian and...

California: Top 25 Noteworthy Panel Decisions (January-June 2016)

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 time deadlines and reporting requirements, several...