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2011 Year in Review: The Top 10 Workers’ Compensation Events in California

By Robert G. Rassp, Esq. The year 2011 has been noteworthy for many events in our workers’ compensation system and as much for events that did not occur. So this year, we will add a bonus – the Top Five Events In 2011 That Did Not Occur But Should Have in our workers’ compensation...

2011 Year in Review: The Top 10 Workers’ Compensation Events in California

By Robert G. Rassp, Esq. The year 2011 has been noteworthy for many events in our workers’ compensation system and as much for events that did not occur. So this year, we will add a bonus – the Top Five Events In 2011 That Did Not Occur But Should Have in our workers’ compensation...

How California Handles the WCMSA Process

There is a garden industry that has emerged since 1997 in California of companies who have become “WCMSA specialists”, promoting themselves as experts in developing WCMSA proposals that will pass muster with CMS. Most workers’ compensation legal practitioners who represent injured workers...

How California Handles the WCMSA Process

There is a garden industry that has emerged since 1997 in California of companies who have become “WCMSA specialists”, promoting themselves as experts in developing WCMSA proposals that will pass muster with CMS. Most workers’ compensation legal practitioners who represent injured workers...

Catching Up on Some Zs in California – Sleep Disorders

By Robert G. Rassp, Esq. Whole person impairment ratings for sleep disorders in Table 13-4, and the instructions for use on page 317 of the AMA Guides Fifth Edition have created conflicting WCAB panel decisions on whether a sleep disorder can exist as a stand-alone WPI rating or if it is limited to...

Catching Up on Some Zs in California – Sleep Disorders

By Robert G. Rassp, Esq. Whole person impairment ratings for sleep disorders in Table 13-4, and the instructions for use on page 317 of the AMA Guides Fifth Edition have created conflicting WCAB panel decisions on whether a sleep disorder can exist as a stand-alone WPI rating or if it is limited to...

The Real McCoy: Is a “Mental-Physical” Injury Compensable?

How the California 4th DCA Muddies the Water in County of San Bernardino vs. WCAB (McCoy) 203 Cal. App.4th 1469 , 138 Cal. Rptr.3d 328, 77 Cal. Comp. Cases 219 (2012) By Robert G. Rassp, Esq. An employee has a pre-existing history of migraine headaches. He gets a job with the County of San Bernardino...

The Real McCoy: Is a “Mental-Physical” Injury Compensable?

How the California 4th DCA Muddies the Water in County of San Bernardino vs. WCAB (McCoy) 203 Cal. App.4th 1469 , 138 Cal. Rptr.3d 328, 77 Cal. Comp. Cases 219 (2012) By Robert G. Rassp, Esq. An employee has a pre-existing history of migraine headaches. He gets a job with the County of San Bernardino...

The WCMSA Conundrum in California

By Robert G. Rassp, Esq. The following email string is true, accurate and correct. It is a typical email string between an applicant’s attorney and a defense attorney. We all have cases like this in our inventories. In this case, the Applicant was a medical laboratory technologist who sustained...

The WCMSA Conundrum in California

By Robert G. Rassp, Esq. The following email string is true, accurate and correct. It is a typical email string between an applicant’s attorney and a defense attorney. We all have cases like this in our inventories. In this case, the Applicant was a medical laboratory technologist who sustained...

New Seventh Edition of Rassp & Herlick, California Workers’ Compensation Law

The Seventh Edition of Rassp & Herlick, California Workers’ Compensation Law has a new look, a new format, and a new title. With workers’ compensation reform under SB 863 looming, we thought it would be timely to update, revise and restructure Rassp & Herlick from a treatise to a...