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  • Blog Icon Published June 21, 2017

    Criminal Medical Providers and Their Liens

    In 2012, the Legislature enacted SB 863 in order to thwart the longstanding lien crisis and achieve the Constitutional goals of the workers’ compensation system. Although the quest to eradicate ancient liens by establishing time limits and the requirements for payment of activation and filing fees, the beneficial results were short-lived.

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  • Blog Icon Published March 20, 2017

    Supreme Court Won’t Decide Whether MPN Doctors’ Opinions Are Subject to UR/IMR

    The California Supreme Court has declined a request for review of the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board’s (WCAB) decision in Parrent v. SBC-Pacific Bell Telephone Company.

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  • Blog Icon Published February 22, 2017

    Defending a Second Panel Obtained By Filing a Cumulative Trauma Claim

    The Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board recently issued its decision in Feige v State of California 2017 Cal. Wrk. Comp. P.D. LEXIS 10.

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  • Blog Icon Published February 21, 2017

    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.

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  • Blog Icon Published December 22, 2016

    Addressing Fraud with New Legislation – SB 1160 and AB 1244

    Numerous efforts were undertaken in years past to eliminate fraud from the workers’ compensation system.

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  • Blog Icon Published October 23, 2016

    Claims & Lost Wages – LC §132a

    In the case of Victoria Lacheta v. Olympic Security Services (2014 Cal. Wrk. Comp. P.D. LEXIS 324), applicant prevailed in her wrongful termination claim against her employer; however, she failed to sustain her burden of entitlement to lost wages six years after the initial Findings and Award. This case poses two questions: (1) Does the … Continued

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  • Blog Icon Published October 23, 2016

    Psychiatric injuries and Mental-physical injuries – LC §3208.3:

    In Stolp v. California Department of Developmental Services 2015 Cal.Wrk.Comp. P.D. LEXIS 508, the WCAB affirmed the WCJ’s finding that the applicant peace officer’s claim for cumulative psychiatric and cardiovascular injury was barred by the lawful, good-faith, nondiscriminatory personnel action defense under LC 3208.3 and pursuant to the analysis in Rolda.

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  • Blog Icon Published March 21, 2016

    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

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