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CA: CHSWC Post Draft QME Study For Public Comment

Oakland, CA (CompNewsNetwork) - The Commission on Health and Safety and Workers' Compensation (CHSWC) is pleased to announce the release for public comment and feedback the CHSWC QME report, “Evaluating the QME Process: Is it Equitable and Efficient?” The Qualified Medical Examiner (QME...

California: Supreme Court Affirms COA in Valdez

The Supreme Court has issued its long awaited ruling in the W.C.A.B. en banc decision (titled Valdez v W.C.A.B . in the Appellate Courts) regarding the admissibility of medical reports obtained by applicants under Labor Code § 4605. The W.C.A.B. in its decision had rule such reports to be not admissible...

California: Replacing the Panel QME: Survey of Recent Noteworthy Panel Decisions

© Copyright 2014 LexisNexis. All rights reserved. I. Evolution of the Current Panel QME Process The Panel QME process has evolved in interesting ways over the years. For dates of injury prior to 2005, the panel QME process did not exist. Instead, medical disputes were resolved by Qualified...

California: Navarro En Banc, Which Applied to QMEs, Also Applies Equally to AMEs

The California WCAB, in a recent noteworthy panel decision, noted that the holding in Navarro , which applied to QMEs, also applies equally to AMEs. In this case, the WCAB affirmed the WCJ’s ruling that the applicant was not required to return to the prior agreed medical examiner for an evaluation...

Sanctions for Skeletal and Frivolous Petitions: Cal. Comp. Cases July Advanced Postings (7/3/2014)

Here’s the second batch of advanced postings for 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. Martin Reiner, Petitioner v. Workers'...

California: Should a Suspended QME Be Able to Write Admissible Medical-Legal Reports?

Recently, the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board issued a decision in Gary McKinney v. United Parcel Service ADJ6679833 and ADJ8786254, 2014 Cal. Wrk. Comp. P.D. LEXIS --. McKinney was a driver/dockworker for United Parcel Service (UPS). He alleged an injury on August 8, 2008 to his psyche as...

A “Sea Change” in California: Regulatory Implementation of the SB 863 Reforms

AD says IMR gets 30 days to issue a decision after receipt of records, but doesn’t address Arredondo noteworthy panel decision Roger Rabb, J.D., Special Correspondent for the LexisNexis Workers’ Compensation eNewsletter In 2012, California passed into law Senate Bill 863 implementing...