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California Court of Appeals Closes Apportionment Loophole

The Court of Appeal has closed what could have ended up being an enormous loophole in Labor Code § 4663 with a decision reversing a W.C.A.B. opinion on apportionment and then ordering publication after the decision was initially ordered unpublished. In State Compensation Insurance Fund v W.C.A.B...

Apportionment and Fibromyalgia: California Workers' Comp Case Roundup (12/8/2011)

CALIFORNIA COMPENSATION CASES Vol. 76 No. 11 November 2011 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 © Copyright 2011 LexisNexis. All rights reserved. FEATURED CASE...

Intoxication Defense Fails Despite "Presumptive Positive" Blood Test: Cal. Comp. Cases December Advanced Postings (12/15/2011)

Featured Case of the Week: Intoxication Defense Fails Despite "Presumptive Positive" Blood Test Beyette's Tree Care, Uninsured, Petitioner v. Workers' Compensation Appeals Board, Bart James Johnson , Respondents , 2011 Cal. Wrk. Comp. LEXIS 187 Injury AOE/COE –Intoxication—WCAB...

California: So You Think You Know Who Has the Burden of Proof on Apportionment?

Prior to Senate Bill 899, the law was clear as to which party had the burden of proof on the apportionment issue. If defendant could not provide substantial evidence that there was either pre-existing PD or a progressive disease process, apportionment could not be found. In other words, it was unequivocally...

Attorney’s Fee Against $1.1M Lien Recovery Not Allowed: Cal. Comp. Cases May Advanced Postings (5/16/12)

Here’s the next batch of advanced postings for the May 2012 issue of Cal. Comp. Cases. Lexis.com subscribers can link to the cases to read the complete headnotes and summaries. © Copyright 2012 LexisNexis. All rights reserved. Rafael Tapia,Jr., Petitioner v. Workers' Compensation...

Apportionment of Non-Industrial Factors Occurring After Stipulated Award: Cal. Comp. Cases August Advanced Postings (8/22/2013)

Here’s the 4th batch of advanced postings for the August 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. Carol Charon, Petitioner v. Workers'...

California Workers' Comp Case Roundup (9/6/2013)

CALIFORNIA COMPENSATION CASES Vol. 78 No. 8 August 2013 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 2013 LexisNexis. All rights...

California: A Radical/Diametrical Change in the Law of Apportionment

ACME STEEL v. WCAB (BORMAN): ANOTHER PUBLISHED DECISION FROM THE COURT OF APPEAL REMINDING US ONCE AGAIN THAT LABOR CODE §4663 IS A RADICAL/DIAMETRICAL CHANGE IN THE LAW OF APPORTIONMENT . Attention Lexis Online Subscribers: Citations link to Lexis Advance. For a list of citations that link to...

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'...

FEHA Settlement Didn’t Preclude TTD Award: Cal. Comp. Cases November Advanced Postings (10/22/2013)

Here’s the first batch of advanced postings for the November 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. Zurich North America, insurer...

Airplane Head Injury, Zone of Danger, Sudden and Extraordinary: Cal. Comp. Cases January Advanced Postings (1/15/2014)

Here’s the third batch of advanced postings for the January 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. SNCC for Lam Research Corporation...

Employer Violated Safety Order With Cigarette Smoke in Workplace: Cal. Comp. Cases May Advanced Postings (4/30/2014)

Here are the first two batches 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. Negherbon Auto Center, Petitioner...

Green v. City of Los Angeles: Refresh of Apportionment

Rejection of the Black Box Approach By Charles Edward Clark, Esq. 1 INTRODUCTION In the years since E.L. Yeager Construction v. Workers' Comp. Appeals Bd. (Gatten) (2006) 145 Cal.App.4th 922 [ 71 Cal.Comp.Cases 1687 ], apportionment analysis has been plagued by the “black box”...

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'...

Medical Evidence Alone of Inability to Compete in Open Labor Market Could Not Rebut Permanent Disability Rating: Cal. Comp. Cases October Advanced Postings (10/10/2014)

Here’s the third batch of advanced postings for the October 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. Sonia Morris , Petitioner v. Workers'...

California: Apportionment Precluded Under Anti-Attribution Provisions of Labor Code 4663(e)

In Zuniga v. County of Los Angeles , 2014 Cal. Wrk. Comp. P.D. LEXIS --, a split WCAB panel held that an applicant deputy sheriff was entitled to two periods of Labor Code § 4850 and temporary disability benefits (one for industrial injury to his knees, spine, cardiovascular system, and in the form...

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 ,...

New York: To Support Apportionment, Prior Condition Must Be Disabling, Not Just Symptomatic

A New York appellate court held it was error to apportion an injured worker’s permanent disability based on medical testimony that 10 percent of the impairment was due to a 2009 work-related injury and that the rest was due to a 1981 work-related injury where the worker returned to work after the...

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...

California: When to Hold Them and When to Fold Them? Apportionment In Ortho, Psyche, And Internal Cases

This article is a favor to the WCAB commissioners and is a call out to parties and trial judges to develop the record before a case gets to the appellate level. How many times have you been confronted with an “ortho, psyche, and internal” case in which either the psychiatrist or internist...

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 Workers’ Compensation Case Roundup (3/31/2016)

CALIFORNIA COMPENSATION CASES Vol. 81 No. 3 March 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...

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...

Two Injuries Found Inextricably Intertwined: Cal. Comp. Cases Advanced Postings (8/31/2016)

Here’s the latest batch of advanced postings for the September 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. Flowserve Corporation, Travelers...

AMA Guides Are for Determining Whole Person Impairment, Not Apportionment

The AMA Guides under the California’s workers’ compensation system are for determining whole person impairment (WPI) and not apportionment under Labor Code §§ 4663 and 4664 In two separate cases, Caires v. Sharp Healthcare, 2014 Cal. Wrk. Comp. P.D. LEXIS 145 (WCAB panel decision...