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WCAB: Invalid Request for Authorization Didn't Trigger Time for UR

By Sherri Okamoto (Legal Reporter)

Thursday, May 15, 2014 | 4

A recent Workers' Compensation Appeals Board panel decision may provide defense attorneys with a procedural loophole that allows a carrier to deny a requested treatment even though it had failed to timely respond to the request.Commissioners Marguerite Sweeney, Frank Brass and Deidra Lowe last month said that it didn't matter that a carrier was one day late in denying pain management treatment for Juvencio Torres-Ramos when the doctor seeking authorization hadn't properly made the request. The case was Torres-Ramos v. Marquez, No. ADJ982471.Department of Industrial Relati...

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