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Workers' Compensation News

January Case Law Update 01/12/2016
State: CA | Segment: Top | 1709 | 0 | Popular with Legal
JURISDICTION AND SUBROGATION In Stinnett v. Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Mets, 2015 Cal. Wrk. Comp. P.D. LEXIS 644, the WCAB held that, pursuant to New York Knickerbockers v. WCAB (Macklin) (2015) 80 CCC 1141, California had a significant and legitimate interest over a baseball player...Read More
July 2015 Case Law Update 07/15/2015
Source: Michael W. Sullivan, Michael Sullivan & Associates LLP
State: NA | Segment: Top | 1055 | 0 | Popular with Legal
JURISDICTION AND SUBROGATION In Walker v. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 2015 Cal. Wrk. Comp. P.D. LEXIS 240, the WCAB affirmed a professional football player's award of 70% PD and declined to enforce a forum selection clause. THE BUSINESS OF INSURANCE In Kimco Staffing Service...Read More
June 2015 Case Law Update 06/03/2015
By: Michael Sullivan
State: CA | Segment: Top | 1544 | 0
JURISDICTION AND SUBROGATION In Clark v. Green Bay Packers, 2015 Cal. Wrk. Comp. P.D. LEXIS 180, the WCAB held that it had jurisdiction over, and that the Green Bay Packers were liable for, a professional football player's cumulative trauma injury even though the employment contract d...Read More
Judging 02/26/2015
State: NA | Segment: Top | 613 | 0
Would you like to be a California workers’ comp judge? That was a question posed to me at a recent party by an acquaintance who has no experience with the workers’ comp field. The answer is no. But it got me thinking. It was a subject I recently discussed with ...Read More

Just Say 'NO' to Medical Marijuana 01/12/2015
State: NA | Segment: Top | 670 | 0 | Popular with Legal
Medical marijuana is an oxymoron. While there may be (un)scientific “evidence” that the drug has some redeeming medicinal value, I think it’s more akin to alcohol. Then again, I swear by mom’s hot toddy to cure what ails ya. The problem, especially for employers an...Read More
January 2015 Case Law Update 01/06/2015
Source: Michael W. Sullivan
State: NA | Segment: Top | 1099 | 0
INJURY In Horton v. Oakland Raiders, 2014 Cal. Wrk. Comp. P.D. LEXIS 592, the WCAB held that a professional football player's claim for psychiatric injury was barred by LC 3208.3(d) because he did not have six months of actual work for the defendant, and that an alleged oral cont...Read More
Judicial Independence 07/16/2014
By: David Langham
State: NA | Segment: Top | 505 | 0 | Popular with Legal
 What is more critical to the workers' compensation process than judicial independence? I hear criticism of judges periodically. Many times, the basis essentially comes down to the fact that the judge did not agree with the person who is complaining. It is natural for parties and...Read More
July 2014 Case Law Update 07/07/2014
State: CA | Segment: | 1081 | 0
INJURYIn Hull v. County of Tulare, 2014 Cal. Wrk. Comp. P.D. LEXIS 235, the WCAB held that pursuant to Western Growers Insurance Co. v. WCAB (Austin) (1993) 58 CCC 323, the claims administrator was entirely liable for a claim.In Young v. WCAB (2014) C075047, the 3rd Di...Read More
June 2014 Case Law Update 06/18/2014
State: CA | Segment: | 1145 | 0
THE BUSINESS OF INSURANCEIn Martinez v. Koga Colorscape & Maintenance, 2014 Cal. Wrk. Comp. P.D. LEXIS 173, the WCAB held that an insurer was not allowed argue that it did not provide coverage for an injury solely because the employer made material misrepresentations on its applicati...Read More
Jack of All Trades, M.D. of None 04/22/2014
State: CA | Segment: | 554 | 0
Why do we need QMEs? Or AMEs, for that matter? Why can’t the primary treating physician make a full review of the records, provide measurements and a list of subjective complaints following the evaluation, and then allow the attorneys or the DEU to plug those measurements into the AMA Guides a...Read More
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