A recent decision by a WCJ in San Francisco on the effective date of the new Permanent Disability Rating Schedule (PDRS) is making the rounds of the legal community. Judge David Hettick has issued a 10 page opinion that the new PDRS, which incorporates the AMA guides, is effective only for injuries...Read More
by "Jake" Jacobsmeyer
There are a couple of items of interest that I wish to bring to your
Medscape Article on IDET Procedure:
The most recent copy of Medscape, which is an electronic update from the
American Medical Association, contains a fascinating re...Read More
This is the second in a two part series by attorney Geoffrey K. Hansen on the spinal surgery dispute resolution process. The first part can be read by clicking on the article title in the sidebar at right.
How does the AD assign the second opinion physician? ADR 9788.5
The stat...Read More
One important aspect of SB 228 (Chapter 639, Statutes of 2003, effective January 1, 2004) was the amendment of LC 4062 to provide an expedited procedure allowing an employer to obtain a second opinion where the treating physician recommends spinal surgery. In this article, we will examine the proce...Read More
SB 228 introduced new Labor Code section 4903.05, which became effective on the first of the this year, 2004. That new code section required the Division of Workers' Compensation to collect a one ...Read More
The California Court of Appeals in April ruled that un-worked overtime pay of full
salary made to a firefighter pursuant to LC 4850 is not to be included in the calculation of wages for determination of indemnity benefits, resolving an obscure but common issue in public entity claims.In ...Read More
Are 4650 penalties due on late lump sum VRMA payments?
A few months back, we reported on the WCAB en banc decision in Crump/Rivera where the Board determined that L.C. section 4650 penalties were due on any late payments of indemnity, including lump sum payme...Read More
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What is the liability of the carrier where there is an award for attorney fees but permanent disability has been overpaid?
A user in the workcompcentral.com Professional Forum, Legal topics, presented the following ...Read More
Typically, scheduling an MRI/CT involves telephoning, or faxing a scheduling request. Radiological services are leading the automation initiative in industrial medicine with on line scheduling and reporting.An example is the MedFocus Radiology Network website ...Read More