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California: Baker Redux

The California Supreme Court has spoken again about COLAs. Call it Baker Redux. In response to a Petition for Rehearing filed by San Jose attorney Arthur Johnson, the California Supreme Court issued a modified opinion that can be found here: Baker v. W.C.A.B. Johnson's Petition for Rehearing...

Rebuttal of AMA Guides - Cal. Comp. Cases October Advanced Postings (10/21/2011)

Featured Case of the Week: Rebuttal of AMA Guides Riverfront Apartments, Illinois Midwest Insurance Agency, on behalf of Pennsylvania Manufacturers' Association Insurance Company, Petitioners v. Workers' Compensation Appeals Board, Jose Oliveira , Respondents , 2011 Cal. Wrk. Comp. LEXIS 153...

Rebuttal of AMA Guides - Cal. Comp. Cases October Advanced Postings (10/21/2011)

Featured Case of the Week: Rebuttal of AMA Guides Riverfront Apartments, Illinois Midwest Insurance Agency, on behalf of Pennsylvania Manufacturers' Association Insurance Company, Petitioners v. Workers' Compensation Appeals Board, Jose Oliveira , Respondents , 2011 Cal. Wrk. Comp. LEXIS 153...

Cal. Comp. Cases November Advanced Postings (11/3/2011)

Featured Case of the Week: Airline Pilot's Claim for Injuries Barred by Going and Coming Rule Dann Peter Shubin, Petitioner v. Workers' Compensation Appeals Board, Southwest Airlines, PSI, administered by Cambridge Pasadena, Respondents, 2011 Cal. Wrk. Comp. LEXIS 166 Injury AOE/COE...

Severance Agreement Waiving Workers’ Comp Benefits Not Valid: Cal. Comp. Cases November Advanced Postings (11/10/2011)

Featured Case of the Week: Severance Agreement Waiving Workers' Comp Benefits Not Valid Sompo Japan Insurance Company of America (formerly known as Yasuda Fire & Marine Insurance Company, c/o Broadspire, a Crawford Co.), insurer for Canon Business Solutions, Inc., Petitioner v. Workers'...

California WCAB Panel Addresses Temporary Disability With Salary Continuation Under the Education Code

By Bruce P. White, Esq. A WCAB panel has recently issued an important decision that will give guidance to the workers’ compensation community on salary continuation plans. The decision in Fiorentino v. Allan Hancock College , ADJ7527243, is noteworthy in that it pertains to the integration...

California: Temporary Disability and the "For Cause" Termination

Lexis.com subscribers can link to the cases cited below. There are many cases where the employee seeks temporary disability benefits for a period of time after their termination. Invariably, the employer argues that they would have offered applicant modified duty had he not been terminated, and the...

California: Temporary Disability and the "For Cause" Termination

Lexis.com subscribers can link to the cases cited below. There are many cases where the employee seeks temporary disability benefits for a period of time after their termination. Invariably, the employer argues that they would have offered applicant modified duty had he not been terminated, and the...

California Workers' Comp Cases Roundup (4/11/2012)

CALIFORNIA COMPENSATION CASES Vol. 77 No. 3 March 2012 A Report of En Banc and Significant Panel Decisions of the WCAB and Selected Court Opinions of Related Interest, With a Digest of WCAB Decisions Denied Judicial Review CONTENTS OF THIS ISSUE © Copyright 2012 LexisNexis. All rights reserved...

California: Court Upholds W.C.A.B. Ruling Excluding Medical Legal TD From Labor Code § 4656 Window

The 3rd Appellate District has resolved a one of the issues that has been frequently discussed but almost never raised (at least in my experience) regarding payment of TTD during the period between 4/19/2004 and 12/31/2007 when the first payment of TD triggered a 2 year window for payment of TTD benefits...

California: Labor Code Section 4658d Not Applicable Where Employee Does Not Miss Time From Work

The 1st Appellate District has resolved one of the continuing controversial issues surrounding Labor Code § 4658 d (the 15% adjustment to PD created in SB 899) in its published decision in City of Sebastopol v W.C.A.B. (Braga) and in doing so resolved conflicting W.C.A.B. panel decisions to provide...

Florida: Divided 1st DCA Creates “Virtual” MMI Date for Those Suffering Lengthy Periods of TTD

In a split (8 to 3) decision, the full First District Court of Appeal of Florida recently withdrew its earlier panel opinion in Westphal v. City of St. Petersburg , 2013 Fla. App. LEXIS 3203 (Fla. 1st DCA Feb. 28, 2013), and receded from its previous en banc opinion in Matrix Employee Leasing, Inc. v...

Independent Contractor Required to Transfer Medical Care Into MPN: Cal. Comp. Cases October Advanced Postings (10/10/2013)

Here’s the third batch of advanced postings for the October 2013 issue of Cal. Comp. Cases. Lexis.com and Lexis Advance subscribers can link to the case to read the complete headnotes and summaries. © Copyright 2013 LexisNexis. All rights reserved. Hattie Goings , Petitioner v. Workers'...

California: 3rd District Issues 2 Cases on Public Safety Officers Earnings

The 3rd District Court of Appeal has issued two decisions today with some remarkable similarities. In both cases the applicant attorney and defense firms were the same (although with different individual appearing attorneys), both cases involved earnings issues for public safety officers and in both...

California Workers' Comp Case Roundup (6/14/2014)

CALIFORNIA COMPENSATION CASES Vol. 79 No. 5 May 2014 A Report of En Banc and Significant Panel Decisions of the WCAB and Selected Court Opinions of Related Interest, With a Digest of WCAB Decisions Denied Judicial Review CONTENTS OF THIS ISSUE © Copyright 2014 LexisNexis. All rights...

Sexual Assault by Co-Worker Not Injury AOE/COE: Cal. Comp. Cases June Advanced Postings (6/25/2014)

Here are the fourth batch of advanced postings for June, and first batch of advanced postings for the July 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...

Defendant Gets to Select Interpreters for Depositions It Notices: Cal. Comp. Cases August Advanced Postings (8/9/2014)

Here’s the second batch of advanced postings for August 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. Flavio Solano, Petitioner v. Workers'...

CWCI Study Monitors California Workers’ Comp Medical and Indemnity Trends

Payments for pharmaceuticals and durable medical equipment (DME) in California workers’ compensation continue to increase sharply, adding pressure against the recent reforms to the system according to a new CWCI study that examines medical and indemnity payment trends from accident years (AY) 2002...

California: Top 25 Noteworthy Panel Decisions (July–December 2014)

LexisNexis has picked the top “noteworthy” panel decisions issued by the California Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board during the period July through December 2014. You’ll find many helpful cases in this list, including a recent decision on reasonable attorney’s fees ,...

Injuries From Trench Collapse Caused by Employer's Serious and Willful Misconduct: Cal. Comp. Cases February Advanced Postings (2/12/2015)

Here’s the third batch of advanced postings for February 2015 issue of Cal. Comp. Cases. Lexis.com and Lexis Advance subscribers can link to the case to read the complete headnotes and summaries. © Copyright 2015 LexisNexis. All rights reserved. CPF Masonry, State Compensation Insurance...

Vocational Expert Opinion Did Not Support 100 Percent Permanent Disability: Cal. Comp. Cases March Advanced Postings (3/9/2016)

Here’s the latest batch of advanced postings for the March 2016 issue of Cal. Comp. Cases. Lexis.com and Lexis Advance subscribers can link to the case to read the complete headnotes and summaries. © Copyright 2016 LexisNexis. All rights reserved. Joe Navarro, Petitioner v. Workers'...

California: Direct Injuries vs. Compensable Consequences

The Importance of Knowing the Difference Between Direct Injuries and Compensable Consequences For dates of injury prior to 1/1/2013, injured workers were entitled to full workers’ compensation benefits for injuries to all body parts, regardless of whether the injury was a result of a “direct...

Indiana: Worker Fired For Misconduct May Still Recover Temporary Disability Benefits

A worker who sustained an admitted back injury and who was later fired for misconduct may nevertheless be entitled to temporary disability benefits if he or she can show an inability to work because of the work injury, held an Indiana appellate court. The court stressed that generally speaking, it was...

California Workers’ Comp Case Roundup: 10/3/2017

CALIFORNIA COMPENSATION CASES Vol. 82, No. 9 September 2017 A Report of En Banc and Significant Panel Decisions of the WCAB and Selected Court Opinions of Related Interest, With a Digest of WCAB Decisions Denied Judicial Review CONTENTS OF THIS ISSUE © Copyright 2017 LexisNexis. All...

California: Retroactive Approval of Denied Treatment Causing Increased Temporary Disability and Permanent Disability

Go v. Sutter Solano Medical Center is one of series of panel cases addressing the question of whether an employee can obtain TD and PD benefits based on medical treatment that was denied through UR and IMR. As the panel in Go points out, in the context of a UR/IMR decision denying treatment that is subsequently...