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MO: Fall Out Of Bed Defeats Causation

A company president tripped over a telephone cord at work but failed to prove her radius fractures arose from work and not from falling out of bed the following morning. The court in Bond v Site Line Surveying , WD 72142 (Mo. App. 10-12-10), agreed that substantial evidence supported the Commission’s...

Cal. Comp. Cases November Advanced Postings (11/2/2010)

Here’s the second batch of advanced postings for the November 2010 issue of Cal. Comp. Cases. Lexis.com subscribers can link to the case below to read the complete headnotes and summary. Paul Anfuso v. W.C.A.B., Beverly La Cumbre Convalescent Hospital, Constitution State Services 75...

California Court Reversed W.C.A.B. Award for 24 Hour Nursing Care

The Second District Court of Appeals has provided us with some guidance, not a lot but a little, on what is becoming a thorny issue in many workers’ compensation cases that of attendant care expenses. In State Farm v W.C.A.B. (Pearson) the Court reversed an award in excess of $1,000.000 for retroactive...

Cal. Comp. Cases June Advanced Postings (6/23/2011)

Here's the fourth batch of advanced postings for the June 2011 issue of Cal. Comp. Cases. Lexis.com subscribers can link to the complete headnotes and summaries. County of San Bernardino, PSI, self-administered by San Bernardino County Risk Management, Petitioner v. Workers' Compensation...

Cal. Comp. Cases August Advanced Postings (8/18/2011)

Here’s the third batch of advanced postings for the August 2011 issue of Cal. Comp. Cases. Lexis.com subscribers can link to the complete headnotes and summaries. © Copyright 2011 LexisNexis. All rights reserved. City of Santa Clara, PSI, Petitioner v. Workers' Compensation Appeals...

Cal. Comp. Cases September Advanced Postings (9/1/2011)

Here's the first batch of advanced postings for the upcoming September issue of California Compensation Cases. Lexis.com subscribers can link to the "writ denied" cases to read the complete headnotes and summaries. Interwoven, Inc., American Manufacturers Mutual Insurance Company, adjusted...

Cal. Comp. Cases September Advanced Postings (9/1/2011)

Here's the first batch of advanced postings for the upcoming September issue of California Compensation Cases. Lexis.com subscribers can link to the "writ denied" cases to read the complete headnotes and summaries. Interwoven, Inc., American Manufacturers Mutual Insurance Company, adjusted...

California: Obtaining Substantial Evidence From Vocational Rehabilitation Experts in Ogilvie Cases

At a seminar during the recent DWC 19th Annual Educational Conference in Oakland, we heard opinions about interpreting Ogilvie , rating permanent disability, and rebutting the 2005 Permanent Disability Rating Schedule. Although Ogilvie did not give us definitive instructions on how to rate permanent...

California: Obtaining Substantial Evidence From Vocational Rehabilitation Experts in Ogilvie Cases

At a seminar during the recent DWC 19th Annual Educational Conference in Oakland, we heard opinions about interpreting Ogilvie , rating permanent disability, and rebutting the 2005 Permanent Disability Rating Schedule. Although Ogilvie did not give us definitive instructions on how to rate permanent...

Neutral Risk Doctrine Applied to Render Claim Compensable: Cal. Comp. Cases March Advanced Postings (3/14/2012)

Here’s the next batch of advanced postings for the March 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. Kyong Hee Lee, Se Hyung Lee, individually and dba South...

California Workers' Comp Case Roundup (6/9/2012)

CALIFORNIA COMPENSATION CASES Vol. 77 No. 5 May 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...

I Can See Clearly Now, Just Can’t Hear So Good

By Stephen Embry, Embry and Neusner, Groton, Connecticut In the study of the law styled jurisprudence, there are many schools of thought. Some students of the law believe that past cases predict the future and that precedent must prevail. In this philosophy, past words have meaning and are the expression...

California: Home Health Care Service – Now & Then

Now that SB 863 is in effect, massive changes have taken place with regard to the authorization of home health care services. Therefore, it is important to understand the history behind the concept of home health care services as medical treatment (MT) pursuant to Labor Code Section 4600 . The recent...

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: Presenting Evidence of the Vocational Expert Post SB 863

Rebuttal of an injured worker’s “strict” permanent disability rating has consistently been one of the hottest topics in recent case law. See Milpitas v. WCAB (Guzman) (2010) 75 Cal. Comp. Cases 837 (lexis.com), 75 Cal. Comp. Cases 837 (Lexis Advance). Although Guzman dealt with a rebuttal...

California: The Range of Evidence Is Alive and Well

One of the most challenging issues for a Workers’ Compensation Judge (WCJ) is to decide how to weigh medical evidence for the most accurate determination. Which physician’s report is the more credible? Which diagnostic tool is the more accurate? Of the voluminous hospital records, which ones...

Evaluators of Psychiatric Injury Lacked Relevant Medical Records, Personnel File, Materials From Workplace Investigation: Cal. Comp. Cases January Advanced Postings (12/23/2014)

Here’s the first batch of advanced postings for the January 2015 issue of Cal. Comp. Cases. Lexis.com and Lexis Advance subscribers can link to the cases to read the complete headnotes and summaries. © Copyright 2014 LexisNexis. All rights reserved. Contra Costa County, Petitioner...

California: WCAB Affirms Medical Treatment in the Form of Sleep Number i8 Bed

In Carnes v. Auto Zone, Inc., 2015 Cal. Wrk. Comp. P.D. LEXIS --, a split panel WCAB affirmed the WCJ’s order that the defendant authorize medical treatment in the form of a Sleep Number i8 bed based on the reporting of the applicant’s treating physician, Eldan Eichbaum, M.D. The parties...

California: Vocational Experts and Apportionment

The Exception to Defendant’s Burden of Proof on Apportionment One of the most frequent issues pending before the WCAB lately has been how to handle apportionment to significant non-industrial causes when the applicant has successfully rebutted the Diminished Future Earning Capacity (DFEC) through...

Opinion of Treating Physician Found More Persuasive Than QME’s: Cal. Comp. Cases April Advanced Postings (4/8/2015)

Here’s the third batch of advanced postings for April 2015 issue of Cal. Comp. Cases. Lexis.com and Lexis Advance subscribers can link to the cases to read the complete headnotes and summaries. © Copyright 2015 LexisNexis. All rights reserved. Tina Solano, Petitioner v. Workers'...

California Fringe Medical Benefits: A Question of Evidence

In Logudice v. Mimi’s Café , 2015 Cal. Wrk. Comp. P.D. LEXIS --, a WCAB panel affirmed the WCJ’s finding that the defendant was liable for residential relocation, moving costs, rent differential, and housekeeping services as reasonable and necessary medical treatment to cure or relieve...

California Workers' Comp Case Roundup (7/3/2015)

CALIFORNIA COMPENSATION CASES Vol. 80 No. 6 June 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: Tips for Avoiding Sanctions

Practitioners have noticed a slew of WCAB Noteworthy Panel Decisions recently relating to the imposition of sanctions for “bad faith tactics” under Labor Code § 5813 [ LC 5813 ]. Everyone wants to avoid sanctions, so litigators should pay particular attention to the issues raised in...

New York: Airport Worker’s Work In Freezing Weather Causally Connected to Heart Attack

Substantial evidence supported a finding by the Board that an employee’s fatal heart attack was causally related to his employment where the decedent and others were called upon to deal with a frozen valve, the decedent was required to travel outside at night across snow-covered ground in freezing...

Alaska: Medical Evidence Supports Board’s Finding That Workplace Accident Was Not Substantial Cause of Employee’s Disability

Noting the considerable deference allowed to the state’s Workers’ Compensation Board when it comes to reconciling any differences in medical evidence, the Supreme Court of Alaska affirmed a decision that denied a former employee’s claim for additional benefits where substantial evidence...