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Castillo: A Life Sadly Lost to Delay 02/17/2021
By: Michael Castillo
State: CA | Segment: Top | 0
We’ve railed against the higher financial costs brought on by delays in medical care as evidenced in a report published late last year, but make no mistake: The highes...Read More
 
 

Duff: A Presentation on Workers' Compensation COVID Presumptions 02/16/2021
By: Michael C. Duff
State: CA | Segment: Top | 0
Back on Jan. 22, Professor John F. Burton and I presented at a webinar conducted by the Workers' Injury Law and Advocacy Group (WILG) and titled, "COVID as an Occupational Disease: How Do Various States Handle these Claims?" ...Read More
 
 

Castillo: One Step Forward, Two Steps Back 02/12/2021
By: Michael Castillo
State: CA | Segment: Top | 0
While the California Supreme Court rejected the first official legal challenge to Proposition 22, Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced a new effort to bolster the Department of Justice’s ability to protect worker rights. ...Read More
 
 

Kamin: WCAB Says Trials Should Proceed With Remote Testimony 02/11/2021
By: John P. Kamin
State: CA | Segment: Top | 0
Objections to remote witness testimony should not prevent workers’ compensation trials from proceeding unless there is evidence as to why remote testimony would be problematic, the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board ruled in a recent significant panel decision. ...Read More
 
 

Snyder: Are You Serious? 02/10/2021
By: Teddy Snyder
State: NA | Segment: Top | 0
The No. 1 predictor of mediation success is whether the participants have come with a seriousness of purpose. They understand that mediation is their best chance to avoid delay and expense, not to mention a bad result. They have readied themselves to settle the case. ...Read More
 
 

Grinberg: WCAB Says No Replacement Panel for Missing PQME 02/09/2021
By: Gregory Grinberg
State: CA | Segment: Top | 0
When I was knee-high to a grasshopper, a teacher came around to collect a homework assignment. When I failed to produce said assignment, the teacher chided me for not doing it. Showing at a young age the likelihood of a career in law, I retorted that she could in no way e...Read More
 
 

Young: Prop. 22 Challenge's Failure Likely Not the End 02/08/2021
By: Julius Young
State: CA | Segment: Top | 0
The California Supreme Court has declined to block implementation of Proposition 22, the November 2020 voter-passed initiative that designates app-based drivers as independent contractors under a scheme set up by the initiative. ...Read More
 
 

Paduda: Workers' Comp Is Still In the Dark Ages 02/05/2021
By: Joe Paduda
State: NA | Segment: Top | 0
With extremely rare exceptions, workers’ comp payers — and PPO networks — are doing next to nothing about quality. ...Read More
 
 

Grinberg: Lawsuit Challenges Prop. 22 Victory 02/04/2021
By: Gregory Grinberg
State: CA | Segment: Top | 1
On Nov. 3 of last year, Americans from coast to coast went to vote. In California, we voted not only on federal issues, but on local ones as well. With any close election, there’s typically some disappointment, and this voting day was no exception. ...Read More
 
 

Insisoulath: Interpreter Fees: Market Rate vs. Fee Schedule 02/03/2021
By: Julie Insisoulath
State: CA | Segment: Top | 0
Workers’ compensation defendants regularly deal with disputes in regard to interpreter fees, particularly as to whether they are entitled to the market rate or the fee schedule. ...Read More
 
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