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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...

No Permanent Total Disability Found Based on AME and VR Expert Opinions: Cal. Comp. Cases April Advanced Postings (3/29/2012)

Here’s the first batch of advanced postings for the April 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. Beverly Binstock, Petitioner v. Workers' Compensation...

California: Vocational Rehabilitation Experts

By Colleen S. Casey Copyright © 2012. All rights reserved. Reprinted with permission. The decision in Ogilvie v. WCAB (Ogilvie III) (2011) 76 CCC 624 created an increasing demand for the expertise of vocational rehabilitation (VR) experts. Parties continually struggle with how to best present...

California: Vocational Rehabilitation Experts

By Colleen S. Casey Copyright © 2012. All rights reserved. Reprinted with permission. The decision in Ogilvie v. WCAB (Ogilvie III) (2011) 76 CCC 624 created an increasing demand for the expertise of vocational rehabilitation (VR) experts. Parties continually struggle with how to best present...

No Basis for Apportionment When VR Expert’s Opinion Unrebutted: Cal. Comp. Cases August Advanced Postings (8/22/2012)

Here’s the fourth batch of advanced postings for the August 2012 issue of Cal. Comp. Cases. Lexis.com subscribers can link to the case to read the complete headnotes and summaries. © Copyright 2012 LexisNexis. All rights reserved. Giroux Glass Inc., Indemnity Insurance Company of North...

California Workers’ Compensation Reform SB 863 Analysis: Fee Schedule Provisions

***WARNING: The following analysis is based on the 8/24/2012 version of SB 863. On 8/31/2012, the Legislature passed SB 863. Be sure to check the final version of SB 863 posted on the Legislature website.*** The proposed amendments in SB 863 to Labor Code Sections 5307.7 , 5307.8 , and 5307.9 set...

California: SB 863 Checklist and Reference Guide

SB 863 CHECKLIST & REFERENCE GUIDE By Robert G. Rassp, Esq. © Copyright 2012 LexisNexis. All rights reserved. This SB 863 Checklist & Reference Guide is excerpted from The Lawyer’s Guide to the AMA Guides and California Workers’ Compensation , 2013 Edition (available February...

California: SB 863 Checklist and Reference Guide

SB 863 CHECKLIST & REFERENCE GUIDE By Robert G. Rassp, Esq. © Copyright 2012 LexisNexis. All rights reserved. This SB 863 Checklist & Reference Guide is excerpted from The Lawyer’s Guide to the AMA Guides and California Workers’ Compensation , 2013 Edition (available...

Vocational Expert, Medical Evidence Supported 100% Permanent Total Disability: Cal. Comp. Cases November Advanced Postings (10/23/2012)

Here’s the first batch of advanced postings for the November 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. The Limited, Gallagher Bassett Services, Petitioner...

Vocational Expert, Medical Evidence Supported 100% Permanent Total Disability: Cal. Comp. Cases November Advanced Postings (10/23/2012)

Here’s the first batch of advanced postings for the November 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. The Limited, Gallagher Bassett Services, Petitioner...

The Unreliable Vocational Expert: Cal. Comp. Cases January Advanced Postings (1/16/2013)

Here’s the third batch of advanced postings for the January 2013 issue of Cal. Comp. Cases. Lexis.com subscribers can link to the cases to read the complete headnotes and summaries. © Copyright 2013 LexisNexis. All rights reserved. Guillermo Hernandez, Petitioner v. Workers' Compensation...

The Unreliable Vocational Expert: Cal. Comp. Cases January Advanced Postings (1/16/2013)

Here’s the third batch of advanced postings for the January 2013 issue of Cal. Comp. Cases. Lexis.com subscribers can link to the cases to read the complete headnotes and summaries. © Copyright 2013 LexisNexis. All rights reserved. Guillermo Hernandez, Petitioner v. Workers' Compensation...

Vocational Expert Failed to Explain Why Sit-Stand Station Could Not Accommodate Applicant: Cal. Comp. Cases April Advanced Postings (4/10/2013)

Here’s the third batch of advanced postings for the April 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. Janie Seymour-Jackson, Petitioner...

California: Appellate Court Publishes Opinion Reversed PTD Award Without Apportionment

The Court of Appeal 1st District) has issued an opinion reversing a 100% award for an employee where the Court determined the WCJ and W.C.A.B. ignored substantial evidence of apportionment and remanded the case back to the W.C.A.B. to more fully consider that specific issue. In Acme Steel v W.C.A...

Lien Activation Fees En Banc Decision Denied Writ: Cal. Comp. Cases September Advanced Postings (9/20/2013)

Here’s another batch of advanced postings for the September 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. New Age Imaging, Inc., Petitioner...

California: A New Year With New Rules and New Responsibilities

The Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board (WCAB) has rung in the New Year with new rules, new regulations and new responsibilities for all participants in the workers’ compensation community. It is important to be cognizant of all the changes and to realize that they spring from a variety of...

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...

Battle of Applicant and Defense Vocational Experts: Cal. Comp. Cases April Advanced Postings (3/26/2014)

Here’s the first batch of advanced postings for the April 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. Forward Air, Inc., Great West Casualty...

Deputy Sheriff Found 100 Percent Disabled in Dueling Vocational Experts Case: Cal. Comp. Cases June Advanced Postings (6/12/2014)

Here are the second and third batches of advanced postings for the June 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. County of San Mateo, PSI,...

A is for Apportionment: How It Can Make or Break Your Case

Karen C. Yotis, Esq., a Feature Resident Columnist for the LexisNexis Workers’ Compensation eNewsletter , provides insights into workplace issues and the nuts and bolts of the workers’ comp world. It’s been a full decade since the 2004 enactment of SB899 turned California Labor...

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...

Sole Reliance on Applicant’s Lay Testimony on Medical Issue Was Erroneous: Cal. Comp. Cases April Advanced Postings (4/2/2015)

Here are the first and second batches of advanced postings for the April 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. Lynda Myers , Petitioner...

California: The Limited Use of Vocational Rehabilitation Evidence: The Shape of Things to Come Under Dahl

In Mesanovic v. Specialty Termite , 2015 Cal. Wrk. Comp. P.D. LEXIS --, the WCAB affirmed the WCJ’s finding that the applicant carpenter who suffered an industrial injury to his low back and psyche on 7/13/2007 did not rebut the diminished future earning capacity (DFEC) adjustment factor in the...

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'...

Vocational Expert’s Opinion Did Not Rebut Scheduled Rating: Cal. Comp. Cases Advanced Postings (11/7/2016)

Here’s the latest batch of advanced postings for the Nov 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. Charles Edwards, Petitioner v. Workers'...