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Why Workers' Comp Reform Is Not the Solution - Part 2 05/08/2004
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Why Workers' Comp Reform Is Not the Solution - What You Can Do Now, if I was only clear on what it meant! By Brent Heurter In the first article in this series we took a look at how the California workers' compensation system ended up the way it is, cost...Read More
Why Workers' Comp Reform Is Not the Solution - Part 1 04/25/2004
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Why Workers' Comp Reform Is Not the Solution - What You Can Do Now, if I was only clear on what it meant! By Brent Heurter Chapter 1: How Did We Get Into This Mess? The California workers' compensation system has been in a sta...Read More
Working With What We Know 02/14/2004
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As of January 1, 2004, the vocational rehabilitation benefit for injured workers was eliminated for injured workers with dates of injuries subsequent to 1/1/04 and a job displacement benefit was signed into law under AB 227. Specifics regarding the implementation of the voucher are presently being...Read More
Wilkinson & Parker: A Review of Multiple Disabilities 02/01/2004
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When can different injuries be combined on the Multiple Disabilities Table?Assume the following fact pattern: On one specific date (we'll call it February, 2002) the claimant sustained a specific industrial injury to his left knee. He underwent surgery in and returned to work in October 2002...Read More
What Does Repeal of Voc Rehab Mean to Physicians? 02/01/2004
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Now that Voc Rehab has been "repealed" what are the practical effects for the Primary Treating Physician? This question was recently posed in the WorkCompCentral Forums, and there seems to be debate as to just how much the workers compensation physician is required to comment on relative...Read More
What Would You Do? Part 2 10/25/2003
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The first part of this article series posited three different scenarios for the small business owner in a "what would you do?" format. While an experienced claims person could...Read More
Will Lien Filing Fees Increase WCAB Costs? 10/11/2003
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SB 228 adds Labor Code section 4903.05 to the California Labor Code, effective 1/1/04, providing for a filing fee of $100 for each initial lien: "(a) A filing fee of one hundred dollars ($100) shall ...Read More
What Would You Do? An Interactive Quiz - Part 1 10/11/2003
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WHAT WOULD YOU DO?The small business is in a particularly difficult situation when it comes to workers' compensation. Not only is coverage typically limited, but the small employer does not have the resources that big business has to manage safety programs or claims when they do happ...Read More
Why a Medicare Fee Schedule Won't Work in CA 08/30/2003
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The California Medial Association has published a position paper on the Official Medical Fee Schedule, the revision of it and tying the schedule to the Medicare schedule, as proposed by Senator Richard Alarcon (D, SF Valley). With California (and other state) health practitioners under fire from all...Read More
What Happens When Your Attorney is Disabarred 08/17/2003
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What if you just found out the State Bar Association had suspended your attorney's license? Worse yet, what if you took your file to another attorney (or a number of other attorneys) and were told that they would not represent you because the file was so poorly handled? What do you do? Af...Read More
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