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California: WCAB Panel Allows Report of Non-Examining Panel QME in Contribution Proceeding

In Chirinos v. Heartwood Cabinet , No. ADJ2087163, the WCAB panel found that the applicant’s failure to submit to a physical examination by the panel QME did not render the panel QME’s reports inadmissible for purposes of this contribution proceeding, and that the Arbitrator did not err in...

Idiopathic Seizures in a Post-SB 899 World: Cal. Comp. Cases January Advanced Postings (1/13/2012)

Here’s the second batch of advanced postings for the January 2012 issue of Cal. Comp. Cases. FEATURED CASE: IDIOPATHIC SEIZURES IN A POST-SB 899 WORLD Lexis.com subscribers can link to the case to read the complete summary. Harris Ranch Inn & Restaurant, PSI, administered by Acclamation...

California: Follow the Rules When Petitioning for Reconsideration

Lexis.com subscribers can link to the cases and rules cited below. A petition for reconsideration is an extremely valuable tool for ensuring that a workers’ compensation administrative law judge (WCJ) has made the correct determination during the course of a workers’ compensation proceeding...

California: The Right to Discovery vs. Privacy and Privilege

Lexis.com subscribers can link to the cases, statutes, and other cites below . In Borrayo v. Tobar Industries, The Hartford Insurance, 2012 Cal. Wrk. Comp. P.D. LEXIS 10 , Lisa Borrayo was working for Tobar Industries, when she sustained a cumulative trauma to her arms & neck ending on January...

California: The Right to Discovery vs. Privacy and Privilege

Lexis.com subscribers can link to the cases, statutes, and other cites below . In Borrayo v. Tobar Industries, The Hartford Insurance, 2012 Cal. Wrk. Comp. P.D. LEXIS 10 , Lisa Borrayo was working for Tobar Industries, when she sustained a cumulative trauma to her arms & neck ending on January...

Larson’s Spotlight on Recent Cases: Gradual Worsening Over Time Constituted Change of Condition, Not New Injury

Larson's Spotlight on Change of Condition, Workers' Comp Fraud, and Tort Suit and Evidence of Workers' Comp Benefits. Larson's surveys the latest case developments that you need to know about. Thomas A. Robinson, the staff writer for Larson's Workers' Compensation Law , has compiled...

Tennessee: Appellate Court Overturns Findings That Heat Exhaustion Resulted in Permanent Disability

Acknowledging that the trial court has substantial discretion in weighing the evidence, including the medical evidence, but noting as well that where all the medical evidence was in the form of deposition, the reviewing court analyzes the evidence without a presumption of correctness, a Tennessee appellate...

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...

Florida: Judge’s Exclusion of Health Care Nurse’s Deposition Was Erroneous

A decision by a judge of compensation claims to exclude the deposition of a home health care nurse, based on the fact that the claimant’s attorney “was not aware” that the employer planned to offer it into evidence was improper, even considering the broad latitude given the JCC in such...

Evaluation and Weighing of Medical Opinion Evidence in Longshore Cases

By Yelena Zaslavskaya, Senior Attorney for Longshore, Office of Administrative Law Judges, U.S. Department of Labor, Washington, D.C. This paper highlights some of the considerations relevant to the determination of the probative value and relative evidentiary weight of medical opinions. [fn1] As...

California Workers’ Comp Case Roundup (5/5/2015)

CALIFORNIA COMPENSATION CASES Vol. 80 No. 4 April 2015 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 2015 LexisNexis. All rights...

California: Top 25 Noteworthy Panel Decisions (January-June 2015)

LexisNexis has picked the top “noteworthy” panel decisions issued by the California Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board during the period January through June 2015. The list features a number of split-panel decisions, including bonus cases addressing the validity of untimely independent...

When Specific Injury and Cumulative Injury Cases Consolidated, All Evidence in Both Cases Properly Admitted: Cal. Comp. Cases August Advanced Postings (8/19/2015)

Here’s the latest batch of advanced postings for August 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. Cahill Contractors, Arch Insurance...

Split Panel Grants Applicant Another Bite at the PQME Apple: Cal. Comp. Cases September Advanced Postings (9/2/2015)

Here’s the latest batch of advanced postings for the September 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. St. Helena Hospital v. WCAB...

California Workers’ Comp Case Roundup (9/2/2015)

CALIFORNIA COMPENSATION CASES Vol. 80 No. 8 August 2015 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 2015 LexisNexis. All rights...

Substantial Evidence Must Have Some Substance

By Stephen C. Embry, Embry and Neusner, Groton, Connecticut Science, clinical medicine, and the law live in the same city but in different neighborhoods. Each of the disciplines is concerned with the development and organization of information to answer questions, but the methods and purposes do not...

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Missouri: Post-Deposition Surveillance Video Could Not Be Introduced Into Evidence

When, during a deposition related to claimant’s workers’ compensation claim, a representative of the employer indicated that it had conducted no surveillance activities of the claimant, the employer was under an obligation to supplement that answer when it subsequently hired a private investigator...

Application for SIBTF Benefits Barred by Statute of Limitations: Cal. Comp. Cases April Advanced Postings (4/6/2016)

Here’s the latest batch of advanced postings for the April 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. Deanna Pimes (aka Deanna Pimes...

California Workers’ Comp Case Roundup (4/29/2016)

CALIFORNIA COMPENSATION CASES Vol. 81 No. 4 April 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...

California: Labor Code Section 4662 and Vocational Experts

Labor Code Section 4662 was modified by the legislature in AB 1847 in 2014. Contrary to popular belief, it was not amended in SB 863. The older version of Section 4662, adopted in 2007, created the conclusive presumption of permanent total disability as follows: (Publisher’s Note: Citations...

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...

New York: Medical Testimony as to Possible Causes of Heart Attack Did Not Meet Evidentiary Standard

The New York Workers’ Compensation Board erred when it found that a corrections officer's work activities were causally connected to his myocardial infarction where the employer’s medical expert opined that the infarction was not caused by work-related physical activity, but instead was...

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'...

Illinois: Pulmonologist’s Testimony Fails Under Frye Evidence Standard

Claimant’s pulmonologist’s causation opinion was inadmissible under Frye and Ill. R. Evid. 702, where it was not based on a scientific methodology or principle that had gained general acceptance in the relevant scientific community. Claimant, an acknowledged smoker, contended that he had...