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Unresolved Lien Claims to Be Heard at Lien Trial Regardless of Whether Lien Was Listed on Declaration of Readiness: Cal. Comp. Cases June Advanced Postings (5/26/2016)

Here’s the latest batch of advanced postings for the June 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. David Payne, M.D., Petitioner v...

California: WCAB Panel Defines Violent Act for Psychiatric Injury Under SB 863 Reforms

In Larsen v. Securitas Security Services , 2016 Cal. Wrk. Comp. P.D. LEXIS -- (Appeals Board noteworthy panel decision), the WCAB panel affirmed the WCJ’s findings that the applicant security guard sustained a compensable psychiatric injury that resulted in 56 percent permanent disability, after...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (5/31/2016)

WCRI Study Compares Outcomes of Injured Workers Across 15 States . US DOL Continues Investigation of Opt Outs to Workers Comp . AZ: Governor Signs HB 2240 Workers Comp Changes . AR: Court Finds WCC Lacks Exclusive Jurisdiction in Employee’s Personal Injury Lawsuit . CA: US Sup Ct Denies...

California Workers’ Comp Cases Roundup (6/1/2016)

CALIFORNIA COMPENSATION CASES Vol. 81 No. 5 May 2016 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 2016 LexisNexis. All rights...

CWCI Finds Consistent Outcomes in California Workers’ Comp Independent Medical Reviews

A new analysis of California workers’ compensation independent medical review (IMR) decisions issued in the first quarter of 2016 shows that the medical dispute resolution process mandated by the 2012 workers’ comp reform bill is yielding consistent results in terms of the number of IMR determinations...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (6/6/2016)

CA: Ins. Dept. Announces 10.5 Percent Workers’ Comp Rate Reduction . CA: New Round of Charges Filed Against Medical Providers in WC System . CA: Sen. Mendoza Calls for Study, Investigation of WC Fraud . CA: UnitedHealth Exits ACA Market in California . CO: CDLE Workers Comp Division...

Split Panel Finds Pro Baseball Player’s Cumulative Injury Claim Barred by Statute of Limitations: Cal. Comp. Cases June Advanced Postings (6/6/2016)

Here’s the latest batch of advanced postings for the June 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. Leo Estrella, Petitioner v. Workers'...

California: WCAB Panel Finds Defense Counsel’s Failure to Provide RFA to Claims Administrator Was Unreasonable

Sometimes common sense trumps strict application of UR rules In Czech v. Bank of America , 2016 Cal. Wrk. Comp. P.D. LEXIS --, the WCAB panel affirmed the WCJ’s finding that the defendant failed to timely complete utilization review (UR) pursuant to Labor Code § 4610 [ LC 4610 ] and...

CWCI Notes California Workers’ Comp Benefit Increases For 2017

California’s State Average Weekly Wage (SAWW) rose just over 3.9 percent from $1,120.67 to $1,164.51 in the year ending March 31, 2016, which the California Workers’ Compensation Institute (CWCI) reports will boost temporary total disability (TTD) and permanent total disability (PTD) rates...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (6/13/2016)

PCI Issues New Report on Medical Cost Shifting From WC Opt Out Systems . PCI Insurers Support Town Hall to Discuss Florida Workers’ Comp System . WCRI Study Finds Large Decreases in Opioids Received by Injured Workers . AZ: Arizona Adopts IC Rules for ODG Drug Formulary Evidence-Based...

California: Compromise and Release and Medicare Set-Aside: Informed Consent and Assumption of Risk

Liability for future medical treatment for a work related condition cannot be transferred to Medicare without its permission In Alvarenga v. Scope Industries , 2016 Cal. Wrk. Comp. P.D. LEXIS --, the WCAB panel rescinded the WCJ’s order approving the parties’ Compromise and Release, which...

Request for Additional Information Extended Time to Issue Utilization Review Determination: Cal. Comp. Cases June Advanced Postings (6/15/2016)

Here’s the latest batch of advanced postings for the June 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. Rachel Wells, Petitioner v. Workers'...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (6/20/2016)

Labor Official Touts 10th Anniv. of Mine Improvement/New Emergency Response Act . Implant Approved to Help Fight Opioid Dependency . CA: DWC to Enforce Lien Claimants’ Use of Uniform Assigned Name . CA: DWC Announces Temporary Total Disability Rates for 2017 . CA: Columnist: California...

California: Appellate Court Holds IMR Timeframes as Directive

The 2nd Appellate District has issued the first of what should prove to be several appellate decisions on the timeliness of IMR decisions and the assertion by a W.C.A.B. panel decision that IMR timelines were mandatory and late IMR vested jurisdiction with the W.C.A.B. to determine issues of medical...

WCAB Panel Finds UR IMR Physician Need Not Be Licensed in California

The recent noteworthy panel decision of Navroth v. Mervyn’s Stores , 2016 Cal. Wrk. Comp. P.D. LEXIS --, is just fascinating for so many reasons beyond the content of the finding itself. How often does a pro per applicant make important case law despite the unsuccessful efforts of many talented...

Claim for Psychiatric Injury as Compensable Consequence of Chronic Hepatitis Not Precluded by Compromise and Release: Cal. Comp. Cases July Advanced Postings (6/22/2016)

Here’s the latest batch of advanced postings for the July 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. City of Los Angeles (Los Angeles...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (6/27/2016)

Wearable Devices May Reduce Injuries in Extreme Environments . Nat’l Safety Council: 4,000 Die Every Year at Work . Alternative Pain Treatment Easier Said than Done . SHRM Posts 2016 Benefits Study . Employers Curtailing Wellness Benefits . Businesses Eyeing Effects of 4th Circuit’s...

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...

Applicant Precluded From Reopening Psychiatric Claim: Cal. Comp. Cases July Advanced Postings (6/29/2016)

Here’s the latest batch of advanced postings for the July 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. Coline Antouri, Petitioner v. Workers'...

California Workers’ Comp Case Roundup (7/7/2016)

CALIFORNIA COMPENSATION CASES Vol. 81 No. 6 June 2016 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 2016 LexisNexis. All rights...

Seizure Was Compensable Consequence of Industrial Head Injury: Cal. Comp. Cases July Advanced Postings (7/7/2016)

Here’s the latest batch of advanced postings for the July 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. CR England, XL Specialty Insurance...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (7/11/2016)

Comp Insurance Profitable, At Least For the Moment . CA: DWC Posts Interim Report on Evidence-Based Comp Drug Formulary . CA: WCIRB Submits 1/1/2017 Regulatory Filing . CA: WCIRB Releases Report on 2015 Losses and Expenses . CA: Settlement May Net Lyft Drivers $27 Million . FL: NCCI Recommends...

California: Due Diligence Is the Key

I. How NOT to Request That the Record Be Developed In the Noteworthy Panel Decision (NPD) of Quintero v. PBC Holding Corporation dba Commercial Cleaning Systems , 2015 Cal. Wrk. Comp. P.D. LEXIS 610 [ 2015 Cal. Wrk. Comp. P.D. LEXIS 610 ], applicant, Ms. Quintero, was extremely disappointed after...

California: Two Different Paths to Establishing Permanent and Total Disability

In Anaya v. Bay Area Carbide , 2016 Cal. Wrk. Comp. P.D. LEXIS --, a split WCAB panel affirmed the WCJ’s finding that the applicant, who suffered an industrial injury to his lungs, respiratory system, psyche, and in form of diabetes while employed as a tool handler from 7/8/2009 through 7/8/2010...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (7/18/2016)

DOL Announces Adjustment of Civil Penalty Fines . CA: DWC Accepting Applications for QME Examination on Oct. 29 . CA: WCIRB President’s Message About 2016 Achievements, Plans Ahead . CA: Class Action Says WC System Has Bias Against Women . HI: State Sees Significant Increases in WC...