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Workers' Compensation News

Will Lien Filing Fees Increase WCAB Costs? 10/11/2003
State: CA | Segment: | 1113 | 0
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
Questions on Out of State VT Plans 10/11/2003
State: CA | Segment: | 822 | 0
My June article, which discussed out of state rehabilitation pursuant to Labor Code section ...Read More
Calculating SAWW in Life Pension/100% Awards 10/11/2003
State: CA | Segment: | 3368 | 0
While most of the 2002 amendments to the California Labor Code that peg indemnity to the State Average Weekly Wage (SAWW) don't go into effect until 2006, Labor Code section 4659 contains a little notic...Read More
Common Adjusting Mistakes, Part 4: CT Disputes 10/11/2003
State: CA | Segment: | 1056 | 0
Our fourth article in this series deals with the failure to provide benefits in a compensable continuous trauma (CT) case where there are multiple defendants.Labor Code section 5500.5 provide...Read More
What Would You Do? An Interactive Quiz - Part 1 10/11/2003
State: CA | Segment: | 789 | 0
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
Common Adjusting Mistakes, Part 3: Treating 09/28/2003
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This is the third in a series on common mistakes made by claims examiners in the workers' compensation field. Our first article reviewed failure to adjust the TTD level after two years...Read More
A Summary of the CA Reform Package 09/28/2003
State: CA | Segment: | 3760 | 0
The following is a summary of the 8 legislative bills that are pending signature from Governor Gray Davis as of 9/28/03 (date of publication of this article) and which comprise the 2003 reform package:SB 228RatesFor 2004 every workers' compensation insurer shal...Read More
Reduce Costs with a Return to Work Program, Part 2 09/28/2003
State: CA | Segment: | 1398 | 0
The first article in this series reviewed the beginning aspects of implementing a successful return to work program to meet the reimbursement requirements an employer may be eligible f...Read More
Did We Get Workers' Comp Reform? 09/28/2003
State: CA | Segment: | 3505 | 0
Probably not. The Legislature's three previous attempts to reform workers compensation generally made matters worse and early indications are that legislators have kept their streak intact. Very little was done to control medical treatment and litigation, which have been major cost drivers, and th...Read More
Californias Painful New Path to Work Comp Reform 09/28/2003
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By Steven MacDonald Co-Founder & CEO of Matrix Healthcare Services In the world of political reform, California tends to serve as America's trendsetter. While national headlines have tended to focus on California's ongoing political sideshows such as the Gary Condit scandal, and the '...Read More
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