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The Benefits of Working Following an Industrial Injury 01/19/2003
State: CA | Segment: | 1114 | 0
This can be viewed from two directions, one as the employer and the other as the injured worker. I will try to answer both. From the employer's standpoint, an injured worker has less temporary disability the sooner he returns to work. It follows, the more the worker is at home with nothing ...Read More
Prescription Benefit Management for Employers - 1 01/19/2003
State: CA | Segment: | 596 | 0
Prescription drug costs are the fastest rising component of workers' comp medical costs, advancing 16% last year and consuming close to a dime out of every medical dollar. A portion of those rising costs can be attributed to an overall increase in drug usage. This is not entirely negative s...Read More
State: CA | Segment: | 960 | 0
I - BENEFIT CHANGES A. Temporary Disability Benefits: 1. Maximum Rates: There are several different aspects of the changes to Labor Code section 4653(a) and the new rates that take effect beginning on 1/1/03. Of course the Maximum TD rate increases over 3 years ...Read More
Case Law Update - RU-94 Offers 01/19/2003
State: CA | Segment: | 418 | 0
The Court of Appeal (1st District) recently issued a "writ denied" decision that addressed the expected content of an RU-94 modified/alternative job offer. Writ denied decisions are not citable as authority in judicial proceedings but this case does put employers on notice that improperly documente...Read More
Negotion Skills for Examiners - Part 2 01/19/2003
State: CA | Segment: | 358 | 0
In the first article of this series we reviewed the first two important fundamentals of successful negotiation, focusing on the target and managing information successfully. Now we'll ...Read More
EDITORIAL: Reform Should Start with the Title 12/23/2002
State: CA | Segment: | 372 | 0
EDITORIAL:Workers' compensation is at the top of most everyone's lost of those things people love to hate. Injured workers are upset because the benefits are slim and take too long to get, assuming your claim is accepted. Employers complain that rates are too high and keep getting...Read More
New Rules That Change Practice Before the Board 12/22/2002
State: CA | Segment: | 545 | 0
The WCAB is in the process of adopting extensive changes to the Rules of Practice and Procedure located at California Code of Regulations Sections 10300 to 10999. According to Commissioner James Cuneo in a presentation to the Northern California Workers' Compensation Defense Attorneys Association i...Read More
New Lien Time Limits ... and Ambiguities 12/22/2002
State: CA | Segment: | 833 | 0
California's 2003 legislation via AB 749 and 486 brought in some new rules in the filing and enforcement of medical liens, the most important of which are time limitations on the filing and prosecution of liens. Perhaps of greater importance than the black letter statutory time frames set forth in t...Read More
VRMA Due When Good Faith Question re QIW? 12/22/2002
State: CA | Segment: | 743 | 0
The District Court of Appeal (2nd District) has agreed to review a Board decision to award retroactive VRMA in a situation where the employer had reason to believe the employee was not a QIW. The DCA may also address a "breach of notice requirement" where an employee is disabled for less than 90 da...Read More
Negotiation Skills for Examiners - Part 1 12/22/2002
State: CA | Segment: | 381 | 0
A big part of the claims examiner's job is negotiating. Benefits, liens, attorney fees ... the list seems endless. This article on negotiation skills is the first in our next series of essential examiner skills. Negotiation Skills - The Fundamentals Of Successful Negotiations Negot...Read More
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