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Suggestions for a Well-Drafted Doctor Letter 06/22/2003
State: CA | Segment: | 6845 | 0 | Popular with Medical
While doctors have a responsibility to prepare an objective, thorough report, the best way for claims or legal specialists to enhance the outcome of their doctor's medical-legal evaluation in a workers' compensation AOE/COE, QME or AME is to prepare a well-thought-out Doctor Letter. In fact, the fir...Read More
Writing a Decent Med-Legal Report - Part 2 06/22/2003
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In our last article we went over some of the basics necessary for a medical-legal report, including the required elements specified by Regulation section ...Read More
Minimum TD Rates and Volunteers 06/22/2003
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The following question regarding TD rates for volunteer employees was posted to our Professional's Legal Forum. The editors at workcompcentral.com felt that this discussion is a timely and relevant topic for ins...Read More
RU-94 Job Offers and Undocumented Workers 06/22/2003
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Can a carrier/employer modify the DWC Form RU-94 to indicate that an employee must provide proof of employability before starting a modified or alternative position? I have recently received several inquiries on this subject. You may recall that the Rehabilitation Unit was going to ...Read More
Reform From Within; Employers Take Control 06/22/2003
State: CA | Segment: | 407 | 0
This is part 1 of a 5 part series for employers by workers' compensation consultant Linda Benoit on taking charge of workers' compensation reform from an employer perspective. The Problem - Looking in The Wrong Place For The Solution The workers' compensation system is i...Read More
Taking Charge of Your Case is Essential 06/07/2003
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The following dialogue (edited for brevity and clarity) appeared recently in the workcompcentral.com Injured Workers Forum. The editors felt this dialogue was an excellent example of some of the considerations that need to...Read More
Serious and Willful for Employers - Part 3 06/07/2003
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This is the third of a three part series for employers on 'serious and willful' allegations. In the first article we defined what a serious and willful (S&W) issue was, and reviewed so...Read More
Commutations and the Life Pension Gap 06/07/2003
State: CA | Segment: | 932 | 0 | Popular with Insurance
An area of confusion that seems to come up regularly, especially for those that are new to adjusting work comp claims, is commutation and the effect it has on an Award.Commutation is specifically authorized by Labor Code section 5100: At the time of making its award, or at any time t...Read More
Writing a Decent Med-Legal Report - Part 1 06/07/2003
State: CA | Segment: | 1084 | 0 | Popular with Injured worker
One of the most frustrating things for an attorney involved in workers' compensation litigation is a poorly written medical-legal report. The basic reality is that there simply are not enough physicians that know how to write good, soundly supported medical reports, let alone solid, rateable, perman...Read More
Self-Imposed Penalties on VRMA on Appeal 06/07/2003
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Late last year, in the California Workers Compensation Appeals Board (Board) en banc decision of Rivera v. Tower Staffing Solutions, SCIF and Calvin Crump v. LAUSD, Helmsman the Board noted that there was no basis...Read More
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