Cost shifting in workers’ comp is an increasing concern.
Cost shifting comes in various forms.
Employer premium fraud disadvantages honest employers and distorts the insurance market. We recently saw high-profile arrests of officials at a Los Angeles area sewing contractor f...Read More
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In the previous six months I have written about Leckart’s Rules, numbers one through six, for cross examining psychologists and psychiatrists. Those six rules are intended for attorneys and insurance adjusters interested in deposing or taking trial testimony from psych doctors. Essentially,...Read More
Like the umpire in a baseball game, the role of a workers' compensation judge and the Workers' Compensation Appeals Board is to look at the evidence and make a judgment call based on what they see. We often hear complaints that an umpire’s calls are not consistent, making it hard fo...Read More
NEW! In re Ronald F., A141990, (03/25/2015): A minor whose conduct while committed to a youth rehabilitation facility resulted in injury to a county employee was properly ordered to pay restitution to the county to cover the cost of the employee's workers' compensation claim.
California businesses and their advocates are undoubtedly pleased to hear that workers’ comp costs are likely to decline.
That’s the takeaway from news that the Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau Governing Committee announced intentions to do a mid-year rate f...Read More
The California Insurance Guarantee Association has dropped its Petition for a Writ filed in the California Court of Appeal, 3rd District in the case CIGA v. WCAB (Smith).
Pursuant to CIGA’s recent request, the 3rd District issued a March 18 order that “Pursuant to petitioner&r...Read More
Dr. David Deitz, MD, PhD, was last up at the California Workers' Compensation Institute's conference. His task was to bring it all together by asking an apparently simple and straightforward question: "What can California learn from Washington?"
Or put another way, &ldqu...Read More
NEW! Sardell v. Bresler, B252589, (02/25/2015): A California appellate court ruled that a lien claimant could not seek an order vacating a sanction against him nearly half a year after it became final.
NEW! Lopez v. Waks, B248734, (02/25/2015): A California appellate court ruled that an i...Read More
What does it cost to run a workers' compensation system?
New York and Florida make for interesting comparisons. Last December, according to the United States Census Bureau, The Florida population surpassed New York, becomming the third most populous state. Florida now has 19.9 million...Read More
NEW! Gutierrez v. Girardi, B251857, (01/12/2015): A California appellate court upheld the denial of the certification of a class of plaintiffs in a malpractice suit against Girardi & Keese, based on the famous law firm's alleged mishandling of the proceeds of a toxic tort settlement.