Saldana v Color Spot Nurseries

Occasionally, the Courts enable the perpetuation of gamesmanship. In Saldana v Color Spot Nurseries 2017 Cal.Wrk. Comp. P.D. 46, the employee asserted four Applications alleging injury AOE/COE to multiple body parts.

Garcia v Yirae Fashions

In Garcia v Yirae Fashions 2017 Cal. Wrk. Comp. P.D. LEXIS 30, the Court addressed the proper procedure for challenging the specialty designated in a QME panel request.

Galleano Winery, Inc. v WCAB (Macias)

In Galleano Winery, Inc. v WCAB (Macias) (1997) 61 CCC 1547, the Court declared that the workers’ compensation process will be perverted where there is any “exercise in gamesmanship.”

Congratulations Kimberlyn Bulkat

Kimberlyn Bulkat, of SRTK’s San Diego office, successfully prevented the expense and risk of an applicant receiving a commutation of benefits for personal expenses, including a new roof, mortgage payments, and other debts.

Recent Noteworthy Panel Decisions

Recent Noteworthy Panel Decisions (NPDs) involving the determination of an applicant’s official date of injury and the statute of limitations as well as who is liable for the applicant’s injury.

Liars In Workers’ Compensation

For the past 18 months, Dalene Bartholomew of Probe Investigations and I have been presenting at conferences regarding deceit and fraud detection strategies. This article distills much of that presentation.

2016 VICA Winter Bash

Tis the season…for holiday parties! On November 18, 2016 SRTK will attend the Valley Industrial Claims Association (VICA) holiday party benefiting the Sac County Sheriff’s Department Toy Project Program.

Our First Blog Post!

Welcome to the new SRTK website! We are grateful you decided to join us and look forward to providing you with the most up-to-date content of the goings on in California workers’ compensation.

Contribution vs. Reimbursement

There is a lot of confusion as to what is Contribution and what is Reimbursement, and of course what is the appropriate method of dispute resolution for each. By knowing what type of supplementary proceeding you are dealing with we can take the appropriate action to protect or even advance our client’s interests.

Regulations for 2016

In 2015, the Office of Administrative Law or (“OAL”) approved the Division of Workers Compensation (“DWC”) regulations regarding benefit notices including the DWC-1 Form/NOPE and posting notices.  The amended regulations pertain to benefit notices under Title 8 of the California Code of Regulations, §§9810, 9811, 9812, 9813, 9814, 9881.1, and 10139.  These new regulations apply … Continued

The Construction of IMR

On October 28, 2015, the California Court of Appeal, First District, ruled in Francis Stevens v. WCAB (Outspoken Enterprises), 241 Cal. App. 4th 1074 (1st Dist. 2015) that California’s Independent Medical Review (IMR) procedure is constitutional.