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WCAB Had Exclusive Jurisdiction Over Worker's Claims of Misconduct

By WorkCompCentral

Friday, December 1, 2017 | 1485 | 0 | 4 min read

A California appellate court ruled that an injured worker could not proceed with his civil action against his employer and its insurance carrier for alleged misconduct during the negotiations to settle his comp claim because the Workers' Compensation Appeals Board had exclusive jurisdiction over the matter. Case: Valdez v. Clarendon National Insurance Co., No. B278542, 11/29/2017, unpublished. Facts and procedural history: Alejandro Valdez suffered debilitating injuries in an accident while working for T&T Improvements in November 2006. T&T was owned by Tim Tilton and had a...

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